From the video, she sure looks guilty as sin (bottom left of the frame, at 22 seconds):
A jury of 12 thought similarly, and found Cecily McMillan guild of felony assault on a police officer, which is a pretty serious offense.
Can't you be pro-Occupy and also not pro-elbowing cops?
Like all trials, the problem, if it is problem, is the trial isn't about greater issues. It's about the person on trial and the single criminal act they are being tried for. That's it. Despite the efforts of Cecily's supporters, this trial wasn't about Occupy or the police.
From the Times:
A video corroborated Officer Bovell’s account. Ms. McMillan is seen bending her knees, then throwing her right elbow into the officer’s eye. She lurches forward, runs a few steps, then is tackled by several officers.
Ms. McMillan testified she had no recollection of hitting the officer, but recalled what she thought was someone trying to grope her. “All of a sudden I feel somebody grab me from behind, from my right breast, and pull me backward,” she said.
Erin Choi, an assistant district attorney, in her summation accused Ms. McMillan of lying about Officer Bovell groping her for the sake of publicity. She showed stills from the onlooker’s video, and called Ms. McMillan a manipulator “constantly scheming” to gain attention.... “That’s how she benefited from this nonsense. She wanted to become the face of Occupy Wall Street.”
She was one of the few protesters arrested during three months of Occupy Wall Street protests who opted for a trial. She said she did so because the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., would not agree to let her plead guilty to a misdemeanor, and a felony conviction would linger on her record, hampering her career for the rest of her life.