Imagine my surprise to discover a Berkeley graduate with a criminal history is involved with the Occupy Wall Street loons.
A Berkley, CA-based Occupy Wall Street protester has been charged with felony assault for allegedly stabbing a cop in the hand with a pair of scissors as a crowd tried to retake Zuccotti Park on New Years Eve.
Officers had originally moved in to arrest Zachary Miller, 28, after watching him push a police barrier into a marked NYPD van, according to the criminal complaint against him.
Officer Christopher Vega was cut in the right hand by scissors as he arrested the struggling protester, causing him “substantial pain,” according to the complaint. Vega also bruised both knees and suffered a back injury, according to a police source.
Miller already has Zuccotti-related disorderly conduct arrests from October and November, plus a record of narcotics, parole violation and burglary arrests in California, the source said.
Miller, a UC Berkeley alumnus and organizer for the “Rolling University” activist group, was denied release due to three outstanding probation violations and had bail set at $14,000.
In arguing for his release, Archer said at the hearing that the probation violations were a “previous chapter” of Miller’s life and that he is a UC Berkeley alumnus who “has ties to the community,” owns a bike shop and is involved with student movements.
Both defendants were arrested early Friday morning during a riot south of the UC Berkeley campus. Goodrich was originally booked for assault on a police officer, inciting a riot and resisting arrest. Miller was booked for inciting a riot, resisting arrest and obstructing a police officer.
Miller is the goon on the right in this photo.
For some odd reason he was released on a mere $500 bail in the most recent incident.