New Face of Occupy: Pepper-Sprayed Woman, 84

Dorli Rainey hit during a march in Seattle yesterday
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2011 6:48 AM CST
Updated Nov 16, 2011 7:36 AM CST
Seattle activist Dorli Rainey, 84, reacts after being hit with pepper spray during an Occupy Seattle protest on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 at Westlake Park in Seattle.   (AP Photo/, Joshua Trujillo)
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(Newser) – Dorli Rainey is not the first person to be pepper-sprayed at an Occupy protest—but she may turn out to be the most memorable. A photographer caught an image of a pained Rainey—age 84—being led from yesterday's Occupy Seattle gathering. The Post-Intelligencer reports that police turned the pepper spray on the crowd, which was marching from its camp to Westlake Park in the afternoon, hitting Rainey, along with about a dozen others—including a priest and a pregnant 19-year-old.

The AP reports that the 4-foot 10-inch Rainey is a longtime activist and supporter of liberal causes in Seattle. She sent The Stranger an email explaining that she decided to investigate the scene on her way to a transportation meeting, after hearing helicopters above. She writes, "Well free speech does have its limits as I found out as the cops shoved their bicycles into the crowd and simultaneously pepper sprayed the so captured protesters. If it had not been for my Hero (Iraq Vet Caleb) I would have been down on the ground and trampled. This is what democracy looks like. It certainly left an impression on the people who rode the No. 1 bus home with me." The AP has this very considerate reaction from a rep for the Seattle PD: Pepper spray "is not age specific. No more dangerous to someone who is 10 or someone who is 80." (Read more Occupy Wall Street stories.)

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