Pregnant Occupy Protestor Miscarries After Being Beaten, Pepper Sprayed by Police
It was 84-year-old Dorli Rainey who was catapulted to national fame after police cavalierly pepper sprayed and beat Occupy Seattle protesters on November 15th, but a look back at the headlines from the following morning reveal that other questionable targets were on the receiving end of police brutality that evening.
The Seattle PI led the news cycle with “Pregnant teen, elderly woman among pepper sprayed.”
Last night The Stranger reported that 19-year-old Jennifer Fox, the pregnant woman in these headlines had suffered a miscarriage. Her physician said a kick to the stomach she received from a police officer along with a devastating reaction to pepper spray is to blame.
Fox asked for medical attention—the now-famous photo by Josh Trujillo of her being carried to the ambulance is here (click to the second photo)—and was rushed to Harborview Medical Center, she says, where doctors performed an ultrasound and said that they “didn’t see anything wrong with the baby at the time.” Fox says she had also seen a physician at Harborview for prenatal care about five week before.
“Everything was going okay until yesterday, when I started getting sick, cramps started, and I felt like I was going to pass out,” Fox says.
A friend called for an ambulance near the community college campus. (Fox says she has been camping with Occupy Seattle since it first began in Westlake Park. She is homeless and says, “I don’t have a place. This is the place I call home.”) When she arrived at Harborview at 11:00 a.m., she says, a doctor told her that “there was no heartbeat” from the baby. “They diagnosed that I was having a miscarriage. They said the damage was from the kick and that the pepper spray got to it [the fetus], too.“
Video immediately following the police violence in Seattle of Jennifer writhing in pain has also been posted to YouTube. Warning, it is extremely disturbing, especially knowing that she will go on to lose her baby days later.
My public subscribers know that I have been sickened by the way Seattle’s police and mayor have handled this protest. The morning after the attack on these peaceful protesters I wrote that I was ashamed of my city. It looks like today won’t be any different.
Seattle police sergeant Sean Whitcomb: “We are aware of a claim that a pregnant woman who attended the November 15 Occupy Seattle march has been treated for miscarriage. We are also aware that she has attributed the miscarriage to the use of pepper spray and physical contact by Seattle police officers. No formal complaint has been made. Consistent with standard procedure, the Office of Professional Accountability, or OPA, has initiated an internal investigation to look into the matter further. The OPA investigators will be actively searching for any information that will support this claim.”