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Portland Indymedia Reporter Pepper Sprayed At F15 Peace March

On February 15th, at the peace march, I was pepper sprayed in downtown Portland.
After police arrested the people who had linked arms, the police had grabbed a man who was holding up an anti-war sign in front of a vehicle. I saw physical abuse against this young man and was taking pictures as I was crossing the street. As I looked up from my camera, without warning, I was targeted and sprayed in the face with pepper spray. My eyes immediately filled with intense pain as I fell to the ground. I had several people washing the chemicals out of my eyes with lots of water. It was a very traumatic experience and it should not have happened! If anyone has pictures, video footage, names/badge numbers of police, names of pepper sprayed victims, witnesses etc. or any other information about this event please contact me.

phone: phone: 503-241-4879

Cops ain't shit 17.Feb.2003 13:47

Green Hornet

Sorry to hear that the pigs got the draw down on you with the pepper spray. Chemical warfare on the streets of portland(and here I thought that only happened in evil third world dictatorships). It has been shown time and time again that the pigs attack people with cameras when given a chance. They will steal or smash your camera and beat and/or arrest you. I know that you know this, but the filthy rotten pigs have no mercy for you. Big brother may be watchin us, but we sure the hell are watchin him. The pigs fuckin' know it too and that's why they targeted you. But what the fuck?: Pepper spray washes out, bruises heal, criminal records are bullshit and new cameras are fairly easy to procure. We know that we fight for liberty and justice; All the pepper spray in the world can't stop us now...


-No Justice No peace!!!

Some suggestions for those in the street 17.Feb.2003 23:46

Not a medic

I am sorry that you got pepper-sprayed.

It hurts like the dickens and, of course, makes it impossible to take good photos or anything else for several minutes.

Here are some suggestions for those who will be in the streets in the coming weeks.

1. Go to the Black Cross Health Collective website for suggestions on how to prepare and deal with police attacks. It's easy to find at www.blackcrosscollective.org or just go to Goggle and type in "Black Cross Health Collective".

2. Get together an affinity group. That can be one person who is watching your back or front while you shoot
photos or 15 who help you break up police lines, un-arrest people or help block intersection, etc.

3. Carry water. Or, if you know what you are doing because you have gone to a 'street medic' or 1st Aid training, carry a water and Maalox mixture for pepper spray treatment.

4. Remember, for most people, pepper spray can slow us down for a short while only. Let your anger at being pepper-sprayed or watching your friends or companions being pepper-sprayed clear your mind. We have much to do in the few weeks before the invasion.

yes melly moo 18.Feb.2003 12:01

CatWoman

The officer who sprayed you: Badge number 8969. I think his name is martin or marty or something. I heard someone call him that. His last name started with R and might have been Rawly or something to that effect. (He shoved me when I tried to see his name tag, so I didn't get a clear look at it.)

I have photographs if you need them, but I think you do also. I saw you taking pics of the guy getting roughed up. The spray guy was that guy with the really short, stand up hair that always causes trouble. He's really an asswipe. He's the one who looks like a real pig. Big, thick neck, huge glaring nose.

There was also a guy with black hair, but I don't think he sprayed anything. Jerkwod with the brillo hair definitely did. In any event, I'm sure you will get what you need, as I saw at least 15 people there with cameras. Viva la camera.

Marty Rowley, Badge #8969 19.Feb.2003 20:02

digicam boy

This is the officer who pepper-sprayed Melly Moo and the other activists on Saturday. I believe his name is Marty Rowley, Badge #8969. There is very clear video footage of him whipping out the spray and getting Melly right in the face. He was the only one who peppersprayed that day.

Footage of this attack is featured in a video about the F15 actions that will be shown at It's a Beautiful Pizza on Monday, Feb. 24 at 7:00 p.m., as part of the free Videos from The Resistance show that the pdx indy video collective is presenting.
Marty Rowley, Badge #8969
Marty Rowley, Badge #8969

More pics of Officer Friendly, er, Rowley 20.Feb.2003 02:21

media

Herez a couple of more pictures of Mr. Rowley doing his thing. In these photos, Rowley is bravely preventing Latino and other minority community activists from entering the Portland Police Bureau HQ to present a plaque to police chief Mark Kroeker for awarding the killers of Jose Santos Victor Mejia Poot.

What a guy this Rowley.
More pics of Officer Friendly, er, Rowley
More pics of Officer Friendly, er, Rowley

Officer Friendly, er, Rowley 20.Feb.2003 04:47

media

Herez a couple of more pictures of Mr. Rowley doing his thing. In the photos, Rowley is bravely preventing Latino and other minority community activists from entering the Portland Police Bureau HQ to present a plaque to police chief Mark Kroeker for awarding the killers of Jose Santos Victor Mejia Poot.

What a guy this Rowley.
Officer Friendly, er, Rowley
Officer Friendly, er, Rowley

Officer Friendly, er, Rowley 20.Feb.2003 04:47

media

Herez a couple of more pictures of Mr. Rowley doing his thing. In the photos, Rowley is bravely preventing Latino and other minority community activists from entering the Portland Police Bureau HQ to present a plaque to police chief Mark Kroeker for awarding the killers of Jose Santos Victor Mejia Poot.

What a guy this Rowley.
Officer Friendly, er, Rowley
Officer Friendly, er, Rowley

Reporters in Seattle 20.Feb.2003 07:26

wolf

Reporters in Seattle who could prove they were sprayed got around 30k each and apologies from their lawsuits against the city.

Of course, that was before nazification set it.
seig heil.

THAT guy! 20.Feb.2003 10:50

STW

Hey! That guy again! He really is an ass. You know, I left the march before the sparying, so I was surprised to hear about it. The cops had all been so friendly for once. Not that faux friendly thing they do for good PR, but they actually had a genuine feel about them. Like they knew that this war is wrong, and that we're trying to stop it, and they were on our side. They wer eputting up an imposing presence, which is always offensive, but they were being cool about it anyway.

So I was really surprised to learn that there was an "incident" on Broadway. Even if people were blocking an intersection, I couldn't imagine anyone pulling out the old chemical weapons and batons over it.

NOW I understand. That guy has something wired wrong I think. He's always strutting around trying to look important, itching to use force. He's the "Bad cop" to Rosie's "good cop." She's just as naughty, but she couches everything in syrupy, fake friendliness. Let's watch them both. (Even if I do applaud the fact that Rosie at least rose up the ladder in a very male-dominated field, I still think she's the enemy. Remember, she was there on August 22nd.)

fight chemicals with chemicals 20.Feb.2003 18:04

get him

hit him in the eyes with some lye. you can get it at any store with drain cleaning products

Lye? 21.Feb.2003 14:02

cw

I must admit that the sight of those beady, unprotected little eyes poking out of those pudgy, alcoholic jowls made me think about sauce for the gander too. I imagined at length the thrill I would get, showing up at this yahoo's house, dousing him with pepper spray. But lye? Wouldn't that blind him? Man. That's just raw. I couldn't do that. He's an asshole, but I'm not gonna blind the guy. (Maybe just some onions in the face?) (Hey! Onion juice! Let's carry it around with us!!!)

Seriously, though. This just continues to prove the point that we DO live in a fascist police state. I know most of the police were cool for once, but this jackoff got to assault a woman right there on the streets and get away with it. the jackboot's gonna be on the other foot after the revolution, marty.

Seeking video of Police Terrorism - F15 23.Feb.2003 19:08

Varro avarhola@aracnet.com

Anyone who was attacked by the police on Feb. 15, or who has photos or video of Lt. Rowley using pepper spray, please contact me, and I will inform Alan Graf.

There is footage from Channel 12 around clearly showing Lt. Rowley pepper-spraying two people without provocation, as well as another sergeant committing assault against other people (shoving them).

It's likely that Lt. Rowley was the person who ordered the spraying of peaceful protesters at 5th and Taylor during the A22 Bush protests as well.

Let's crucify this fucker.