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Pregnant woman and 84 yr old woman pepper sprayed at Occupy Seattle

Posted by on Nov. 16, 2011 at 11:27 AM
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Seattle activist Dorli Rainey, 84, reacts after being hit with pepper spray during an Occupy Seattle protest, Nov. 15, 2011 at Westlake Park in Seattle. (AP)

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SEATTLE - A downtown march and rally in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement turned briefly chaotic as police scattered a crowd of rowdy protesters — including a pregnant 19-year-old and an 84-year-old activist — with blasts of pepper spray.


Protest organizers denounced the use of force, saying that police indiscriminately sprayed the chemical irritant at peaceful protesters.


The Occupy Seattle movement released a written statement late Tuesday expressing support for "a 4-foot 10-inch, 84-year-old woman, a priest and a pregnant woman who as of this writing is still in the hospital."




Dorli Rainey is an activist who has supported liberal causes in the Seattle area for decades. A photo showing Rainey being cared for by fellow activists in the immediate aftermath of the police incident appeared on news websites around the world.


Seattle Police officers deploy pepper spray into a crowd

Seattle Police officers deploy pepper spray into a crowd during an Occupy Seattle protest, Nov. 15, 2011 at Westlake Park in Seattle.

 (Credit: AP)



Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel said he didn't have specifics on the Rainey incident, but he said pepper spray is "is not age specific. No more dangerous to someone who is 10 or someone who is 80."


He added, that if it were harmful, "we probably wouldn't be using pepper spray if that was the case."


Kappel said police had not yet established whether a pregnant woman was involved.


Paramedics examined a handful of people, including a 19-year-old woman who was three-months pregnant, Seattle fire department spokesman Kyle Moore said. The Seattle Times reported on its website that the woman was taken by ambulance to Harborview Medical Center.


Her identity and status were not immediately available.


Moore added that the protester's own medical response team had taken care of others.


"These protesters are well organized, they're using homemade remedies to counter pepper spray," he said.


Seattle police said plenty of verbal warnings were given to demonstrators attempting to block intersections and streets during rush hour.


"Pepper spray was deployed only against subjects who were either refusing a lawful order to disperse or engaging in assaultive behavior toward officers," Kappel wrote on the department's blog.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57325688/pregnant-woman-pepper-sprayed-at-occupy-seattle/

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Tanya93
by on Nov. 16, 2011 at 11:32 AM
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If you are told to move, move.

EireLass
by Ruby Member on Nov. 16, 2011 at 3:13 PM
What did they expect?
Peanutx3
by Ruby Member on Nov. 16, 2011 at 3:15 PM
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How many posts do we have about this now?

UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Nov. 16, 2011 at 3:15 PM
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Quoting EireLass:

What did they expect?

Common decency.

AphroditesCurse
by on Nov. 16, 2011 at 3:21 PM
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Pepper spray an 80 year old woman and a pregnant woman? Those police officers can go to hell. My ex had police training and here its required you are peppersprayed once in academy so you know its agonizing and lasts for hours, he was in immense pain after he got home for six hours. I hope someone take pepperspray to those cops who did that right in their balls and in their pee hole that's justice. Fuckers.
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jehosoba84
by Jenn on Nov. 16, 2011 at 3:34 PM

 This is not meant to defend the actions of the police, but they could have easily sprayed it at a set group of people and others got caught by it. I had pepper spray on my keychain when I was a teen. I let an acquaintace hold my purse for me and they saw fit to play with it. Well, it was windy that day, and we ALL got a nice touch of mace. not pleasant.

tscritch
by Silver Member on Nov. 16, 2011 at 3:35 PM
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Did they specifically seek out the pregnant woman and 80 year old woman? I highly doubt it. Did they spray it into a crowd that those women were in? Most likely. Pepper spray is non-lethal. LEO's DO have to be sprayed with pepper spray at the academy, so they know what it is like....not sure what that has to do with anything. According to the OP, the people were warned repeatedly and that they were blocking intersections and streets during rush hour...how is THAT ok? I am all for the protesters, but they do not have the right to ignore the law and  put others in danger. From what I read (I have only read this article) they deserved the pepper spray.

sfkdny
by Member on Nov. 16, 2011 at 3:36 PM
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bottom line, listen to the police.  if they tell you to disperse, then disperse 

UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Nov. 16, 2011 at 3:39 PM


Quoting sfkdny:

bottom line, listen to the police.  if they tell you to disperse, then disperse 

What if you're 80 years old or pregnant and can't get around very quickly?

What if it's 2 am and you're sleeping and you're hearing isn't that great?

Peanutx3
by Ruby Member on Nov. 16, 2011 at 3:42 PM


Quoting UpSheRises:


Quoting sfkdny:

bottom line, listen to the police.  if they tell you to disperse, then disperse 

What if you're 80 years old or pregnant and can't get around very quickly?

What if it's 2 am and you're sleeping and you're hearing isn't that great?

They weren't sleeping, they were blocking the streets illegally.

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