Wednesday, April 23 2014, 09:23 AM MDT
Occupy activist's police-assault trial opens in NY
NEW YORK (AP) — An Occupy Wall Street activist who says she's been wrongly accused of assaulting a police officer is on trial in one of the last criminal cases originating from the protest movement.
Manhattan prosecutors said Friday that Cecily McMillan deliberately elbowed an officer in the eye as police cleared people out of the movement's home base in March 2012. Activists were at Zuccotti Park observing the movement's first six months.
McMillan's lawyers say she was just startled and knocked the officer accidentally after he grabbed her left breast from behind, leaving her bruised.
The 25-year-old graduate student's felony trial has become a rallying point for activists.
Most of the more than 2,600 cases that ensued from the protests in Manhattan involved misdemeanor or violation charges. There have been some other felony cases.
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