Thoughtful of the Many: Cecily McMillan Gets Three Months

Occupy activist Cecily McMillan has been sentenced to three months in jail for putting up an elbow in self-defense when an NYPD cop sexually assaulted her. Her jail sentence will be followed by community service and five years of probation. In letters from Rikers Island, where has been held, McMillan, 25, has described jail as "a series of constant humiliations" but has also expressed gratitude for all the support she's received. Ruling she "must take responsibility for her conduct," Judge Ronald Zweibel proclaimed that "a civilised society must not allow an assault to be committed under the guise of civil disobedience," though he failed to mention how he feels about an assault committed under the guise of an oppressive police department's interpretation of law and order.

 

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