Jennifer Fox being carried away after being beaten by police during a peaceful protest in Seattle on November 15.
It was 84-year-old Dorli Rainey who was catapulted to national fame after police cavalierly pepper sprayed and beat Occupy Seattle protesters on November 15th, but a look back at the headlines from the following morning reveal that other questionable targets were on the receiving end of police brutality that evening.
The Seattle PI led the news cycle with “Pregnant teen, elderly woman among pepper sprayed.”
Last night The Stranger reported that 19-year-old Jennifer Fox, the pregnant woman in these headlines had suffered a miscarriage. Her physician said a kick to the stomach she received from a police officer along with a devastating reaction to pepper spray is to blame.
“I was standing in the middle of the crowd when the police started moving in,” she says. “I was screaming, ‘I am pregnant, I am pregnant. Let me through. I am trying to get out.’” At that point, Fox continues, a Seattle police officer lifted his foot and it hit her in the stomach, and another officer pushed his bicycle into the crowd, again hitting Fox in the stomach. “Right before I turned, both cops lifted their pepper spray and sprayed me. My eyes puffed up and my eyes swelled shut,” she says.
Fox asked for medical attention—the now-famous photo by Josh Trujillo of her being carried to the ambulance is here (click to the second photo)—and was rushed to Harborview Medical Center, she says, where doctors performed an ultrasound and said that they “didn’t see anything wrong with the baby at the time.” Fox says she had also seen a physician at Harborview for prenatal care about five week before.
“Everything was going okay until yesterday, when I started getting sick, cramps started, and I felt like I was going to pass out,” Fox says.
A friend called for an ambulance near the community college campus. (Fox says she has been camping with Occupy Seattle since it first began in Westlake Park. She is homeless and says, “I don’t have a place. This is the place I call home.”) When she arrived at Harborview at 11:00 a.m., she says, a doctor told her that “there was no heartbeat” from the baby. “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.“