Sunday, November 20, 2011
In a photo that is becoming an iconic image of the Occupy movement, Elizabeth Nichols is shown being pepper sprayed in the face by Portland, Ore., police. The photo was taken as protesters marched in downtown Portland last Thursday in support of the movement. A number of people were arrested. Nichols recounted the incident:
Nichols said a policewoman jabbed her in the ribs with a baton and pressed it against her throat. That made her angry.
She yelled at the officer, saying she was being mistreated. That's when another officer shot her with pepper spray. A photo by The Oregonian's Randy L. Rasmussen, which flashed across social media websites, shows Nichols was sprayed from a few feet away.
"It felt like my face, ears and hands were on fire," she said.
She dropped to the ground, and police yanked her into their ranks.
"She was dragged away by her hair and disappeared into the black of their uniforms," Seeton said.
An officer later doused her burning face with water and she was booked into Multnomah County jail, where officers showed her Rasmussen's photo.
Next time you get pepper sprayed, keep your mouth shut, she said they told her.
Her hands still burned after they released her about 2 a.m.
Nichols also described her experience in a video: