Yesterday, a jury found graduate student and Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan guilty of assault on a police officer. As we wrote, the scene in the courthouse at 100 Centre Street quickly grew chaotic, with her supporters shouting about the injustice of the verdict and court security officers with plastic handcuffs shouting back.
Last night, McMillan’s supporters gathered for a quieter rally at Liberty Plaza, formerly known as Zuccotti Park, once the scene of the OWS encampment.
Our C.S. Muncy was there and photographed the event. No arrests were made, and despite at least one person calling for a re-occupation on Twitter, no one stayed the night. Later that evening, a group also marched back to 100 Centre Street and rallied there, holding lightboards bearing McMillan’s name:
— Shay Horse (@HuntedHorse) May 6, 2014
This morning, McMillan’s lead attorney, Martin Stolar, will appear on Democracy Now to discuss the verdict. McMillan’s supporters have also managed to raise nearly $7,000 for her legal costs and for expenses she will accrue in jail. Of that amount, around $2,000 was raised yesterday alone.
De Blasio, who as Public Advocate visited the encampment, and as a mayoral candidate talked about how he would have handled Occupy Wall Street differently, has made no public comment on the verdict. (We have contacted his press office for comment and will update if we hear back.) Nor has City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who frequently used occupy-themed rhetoric in her own campaign.