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Video: Police Pepper Spray 84-Year-Old Dorli Rainey at Occupy Seattle

| by Michael Allen

84-year-old Occupy Seattle protester Dorli Rainey is being called the “poster child of the Occupy Wall Street movement” after being shot in the face with pepper spray on Tuesday night in downtown Seattle (video below).

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer‘s Joshua Trujillo photographed Rainey (picture, left) who was caught in the crossfire.

Rainey told CartonRouge.cc:

Something funny happened on my way to a transportation meeting in Northgate. As I got off the bus at 3rd and Pine I heard helicopters above. Knowing that the problems of New York would certainly precipitate action by Occupy Seattle, I thought I better check it out.

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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. In the women’s movement there were signs which said: ‘Screw us and we multiply.’