April 4, 2014
A New York police officer whose allegation of assault against an Occupy Wall Street activist could send her to prison for seven years is being sued by another Occupy campaigner, who alleges that the officer injured him on the same day.
Officer Grantley Bovell alleges that Cecily McMillan intentionally elbowed him in the face as he was arresting one of the dozens of protesters from the anti-capitalist movement who were seized at Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan on 17 March 2012.
McMillan, 25, claims she swung her arm only after Bovell grabbed one of her breasts from behind. She denies a charge of felony assault. Her much-delayed trial, the last in a series of Occupy prosecutions, is due to begin at the state supreme courthouse in Manhattan on Monday.