Occupy Wall Street activist 'suffers seizure after she is beaten up by police'

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    Occupy Wall Street activist 'suffers seizure after she is beaten up by police in Zuccotti Park'

    • Cecily McMillan, 23, arrested during protest on Saturday night
    • Footage uploaded to YouTube appears to show woman convulsing on floor surrounded by officers
    • Protesters claim she suffered seizure after violent arrest
    • 73 arrests made during protest marking movement's six-month anniversary


    By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    PUBLISHED: 16:07 EST, 19 March 2012 | UPDATED: 16:49 EST, 19 March 2012

    An Occupy Wall Street protestor has reportedly suffered a seizure after she was allegedly violently knocked to the ground and arrested by police at Zuccotti Park.

    On a video uploaded to YouTube, Cecily McMillan, leader of a Northeast Democratic Socialists group, appears to have difficulty breathing after she is cuffed by police and left lying on the ground.

    The former cheerleader, who studies and works as a nanny in New York, is then seen shaking violently as protestors, who have been penned in by police, scream for authorities to help her.

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    Floored: In video footage, a female can be seen lying and shaking on the ground surrounded by police

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    'Dangerous': Officers are seen picking her up as penned-in protesters yell that they should not touch her

    McMillan, the Northeast regional organiser for the youth section of the Democratic Socialists of America, has had a run-in with authorities at the protest before, according to Rolling Stone.

    A profile of the activist, written last November, notes that she was arrested violently in the past after attempting to storm Wall Street three times in a 'direct action'.

    According to the magazine: 'A cop... blasted her with pepper spray, knocked her down, stepped on her head and snarled at her, "Shut up. You get what you deserve, b****".'

    McMillan has been involved in the movement since August, and admitted to the magazine that her views - and belief there needs to be leadership - are at odds with those of many of the protestors.

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    Shaken: The activist, identified as Cecily McMillan, pulls herself up and begins to dry heave

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    Medical attention: McMillan is then given air - but faints again before the ambulance arrives

    'I believe in a constrained view of revolution,' she told Rolling Stone, adding that she wants to put pressure on mainstream politicians.
    Attending the city's New School, and working as a nanny, she is unable to sleep in the park - but she claimed she was devoted to the cause.

    She added that the role as a leader was in her blood as her grandfather Harlon Joye drafted the constitution for the Students for a Democratic Society, one of the key organisations of 1960s revolt.

    Following her arrest, there were reports that McMillan had been taken to an emergency room possible with cracked ribs.

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    Injured: A woman, believed to be McMillan, is carried into an ambulance. She was one of scores arrested when police forced protestors out of Zuccotti Park on Saturday night

    The apparently violent arrest came amid the movement's six-month anniversary swoop on Zuccotti, where they attempted to put up tents before they were met with police resistance.

    Police arrested 73 protesters over the weekend as they forced them from the park.

    One witness told AnimalNY that McMillan had elbowed a police officer in the face when he attempted to take her into custody, while others claimed she was 'violently beaten in the park'.

    The YouTube user who uploaded a video of McMillan wrote: 'The cops not only handle the situation wrongly, carrying her by the head as she's seizing, it also takes 17 minutes until professional help arrives.

    'Protester standing outside the barricades had to make the 911 call to get EMT to come.'

    In another video, a witness recounts the incident, which occured after McMillan was arrested and placed in a holding centre.

    'While they were trying to escort her onto an MTA vehicle, she began to hyperventilate and fainted, and starting seizing on the ground,' the unidentified protestor said.

    '[Police] were just standing. They dragged her from the ground on the street over to the curb and let her lay on the curb.

    'They did not support her neck or spine the way you're supposed to do when someone is seizing to prevent them from choking on their tongue or their own blood. They did none of those things.'


    Eventually, he adds, an NYPD medic began to treat her and eventually she begins dry-heaving. She attempted to get up but fainted, the witness said.

    Following the weekend's events, during which 73 arrests were made in the city, Occupy Wall Street activists are calling for supporters to skip work on May 1 in protest.

    It came as protesters and members of New York's City Council held a news conference on Monday to complain about police tactics.

    In response, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said police were respectful of people's rights during the arrests.

    Occupy supporters are encouraging supporters to stay out of work and school, and to refrain from spending money. In New York, a coalition of unions and worker justice groups plan to march through the city.


    Read more and see more videos: Cecily McMillan: Occupy Wall Street activist 'suffers seizure after being beaten by police' | Mail Online

     
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    The bearers of "freedom, democracy and human rights" :pound:

    If only they would come clean and say we do what we want for our national interest instead of justifying there actions behind pretty words i and many like me wouldn't criticize them. Half of the people who criticize do so because of the double standards and basterdizations of the above three terms in the garb of national interest.
     
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    Was that your reaction to the story? My reaction to the photos was that Cecily McMillan has a hell of a nice rack.
     
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