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Dorli Rainey, sans pepper spray
One day after the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a resolution of support for the Occupy Wall Street movement, Seattle

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Seattle Police Pepper Spray 84-Year-Old Woman, Pregnant Lady and Priest During Occupy March

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Dorli Rainey, sans pepper spray
One day after the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a resolution of support for the Occupy Wall Street movement, Seattle police officers pepper sprayed multiple Occupy protesters, including an 84-year-old woman, a pregnant lady and priest, during a march downtown.

The P-I's Joshua Trujillo got this incredible photo of 84-year-old Dorli Rainey, moments after she'd been sprayed. Seriously, click the link. The photo is amazing.

Multiple reports tell of a sizable group of marchers being pepper sprayed in Belltown and near Westlake Park downtown. Officers say they were trying to arrest a woman who swung a stick at them and had to pepper spray people who got in the way. Another time police had ordered the crowd to disperse and sprayed them when people didn't obey.

On SPD's blog Detective Jeff Kappel has the full police account of what happened. He explains the pepper spraying at the bottom.

Pepper spray was deployed only against subjects who were either refusing a lawful order to disperse or engaging in assaultive behavior toward officers.

As for Ms. Rainey, this isn't the first time she's squared off with police. The tough-as-nails former mayoral candidate describes herself on her blog as a "political activist and all-around troublemaker" and was arrested as recently as 2009 during a protest in support of the Nicklelsville homeless camp.

UPDATE: Dorli Rainey tells Seattle Weekly this morning that she's doing OK and that she's not letting a little pepper spray get her down. Also, having been downtown during the 1999 WTO protests, Rainey says that in terms of pain, pepper spray trumps tear gas every time.

"I got off the bus at Pine and Third, and it sounded like millions of helicopters drowning out everything," Rainey says. "I thought maybe Occupy Seattle was doing something in support of New York, so instead of going where I was planning on going I thought I would go check it out. They told us you need to break up and get out of here or we'll have to take some action. At that moment they started picking up their bicycles and started shoving people. Then the air was full of pepper spray."

"My first reaction was you just messed with the wrong person. I've had calls from all over the world. I have not slept one wink last night. I've got 1,200 emails I haven't opened."

"Seattle has now joined New York City, Oakland and Portland in supporting police brutality."

In related news, some pretty incredible video of police spraying angry protestors surfaced online last night.

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