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Pregnant Seattle protester miscarries: kicked, pepper sprayed

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.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011

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.

Seattle fire department spokesman Kyle Moore told The Washington Post that a 19-year-old pregnant woman was among those that were examined by paramedics.

While doctors at Harborview Medical Center didn't see any problems at the time, things took a turn for the worst Sunday.

"Everything was going okay until yesterday, when I started getting sick, cramps started, and I felt like I was going to pass out," she explained.

When Fox arrived at the hospital, doctors told her that the baby had no heartbeat.

"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," she said.

"I was worried about it [when I joined the protests], but I didn't know it would be this bad. I didn't know that a cop would murder a baby that's not born yet... I am trying to get lawyers."

The Scoville heat chart indicates that U.S. grade pepper spray is ten times more painful than the blistering hot habanero pepper, according to Scientific American. While law enforcement officials regularly claim that the spray is safe, researchers at the University of North Carolina and Duke University found that it could "produce adverse cardiac, respiratory, and neurological effects, including arrhythmias and sudden death."

Watch this video from IowaBoyDave, uploaded to YouTube Nov. 21, 2011.

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Damn 25.Nov.2011 21:58

gk

Damn, the police are sick.

not a fan of corporate media 25.Nov.2011 22:23

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but I'm not sure if this story is accurate

 link to www.seattlepi.com

and yes, I know anyone can be discredited - they'd dig through anyone's past to find any questionable thing they'd ever done, or just make something up - but I'm really not sure about this person. Any more factual info would be helpful.

Some things speak for themselves 27.Nov.2011 04:38

Extraordinary claims require ordinary evidence.

Update.

Dominic Holden has updated his initial report. I am reproducing those updates in full below:

UPDATE on Nov. 22 at 3:47 PM: Yesterday Jennifer Fox claimed (first on this blog and then to The Stranger) that she miscarried her fetus, three months into her pregnancy, five days after police pepper sprayed her at an Occupy Seattle protest. I repeatedly asked if she could provide any medical records to back up her claim—a claim that doctors at Harborview Medical Center said her clash with police caused the miscarriage—but she said she would be in touch with a case worker. Lacking a way to verify her claim (except asking for her records) I said I would follow up.

So I tracked Fox down today at the Occupy Seattle encampment at Seattle Central Community College. Had she contacted anyone at the hospital? "I can't go to the hospital until Sunday or Monday," she said. Fox said that she's having a memorial service for her miscarried baby and one of her fellow occupiers is planning a candlelight vigil, which will consume her time until next week. Can't she get away to the hospital for an hour? "No." I provided Fox a copy of a records release for the hospital, which she put into her coat, but again Fox said she couldn't go request her records until next week. I offered her a ride to and from the hospital, but she again refused. I explained to Fox that, lacking any evidence of her claim, her story was increasingly subject to scrutiny.

While sources in general should be given the benefit of the doubt—even if they are homeless women—and there is no evidence that Fox isn't being entirety forthright, her story looks increasingly dubious.

It's worth pointing out that in the Seattlepi.com article last week, the reporter noted that Fox was two months pregnant, when she told me that she was three months pregnant at the time.

should this story even be here 27.Nov.2011 10:37

Kevin

If the claimer were telling the truth, she'd be eager to prove it. She's not eager. Till she is, she appears to be lying. I'm no fan of Seattle cops, but this story if shown to be a lie, belittles all legitimate claims. If she's lying, she's NOT a friend of the movement.