A woman who was pepper sprayed during during a raid on Occupy Seattle last week is blaming police after she miscarried Sunday.
Jennifer Fox, 19, told The Stranger that she had been with the Occupy protests since they started in Westlake Park. She said she was homeless and three months pregnant, but felt the need to join activists during their march last Tuesday.
“I was standing in the middle of the crowd when the police started moving in,” Fox recalled. “I was screaming, ‘I am pregnant, I am pregnant. Let me through. I am trying to get out.’”
She claimed that police hit her in the stomach twice before pepper spraying her. One officer struck her with his foot and another pushed his bicycle into her. It wasn’t clear if either of those incidents were intentional.
“Right before I turned, both cops lifted their pepper spray and sprayed me. My eyes puffed up and my eyes swelled shut,” Fox said.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer photographer Joshua Trujillo snapped a picture of Fox in apparent agony as another activist carried her to an ambulance.
- Pregnant Woman Blasted with Pepper Spray by SPD Reportedly Miscarries (slog.thestranger.com)
- Jennifer Fox: Pregnant Protester Miscarries after Being Pepper-Sprayed and Kicked (VIDEO) (blippitt.com)
- Pregnant Woman Says She Miscarried After Being Peppersprayed At Occupy Seattle (alan.com)
- Occupy Seattle protester claims police caused her miscarriage (guardian.co.uk)