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Occupy Wall Street Organizer Who Elbowed Police Officer Released From Jail

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An Occupy Wall Street activist was released from Rikers Island Wednesday after serving 58 days for assaulting a police officer.

Cecily McMillan, 25, was convicted in May after prosecutors showed video of her elbowing a police officer during the 2012 protests.

McMillan held a news conference near the Rikers entrance after her release.

She said her time in jail made her even more committed to activism, including on the behalf of inmates.

"I am inspired by the incredible resilience of incarcerated women that I have encountered. I find faith in their ability to find commonality in a system that is utterly stacked against them," she said. "My time at Rikers has changed me permanently, an even more formative experience than Zuccotti Park itself."

McMillan read a list of demands she gathered from some of the women in Rikers.

It included calls for shorter wait times for health care and better educational resources.

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