A 19-year-old participant in the Occupy Seattle protest who was pregnant claims to have suffered a miscarriage after she was pepper-sprayed by police and hit in the stomach.
Jennifer Fox was part of a group of protesters who were marching through downtown Seattle on Nov. 15. The group had stopped at an intersection of 5th Avenue and Pine Street.
Police were called in to disperse the crowd. They began spraying protesters with pepper-spray and making arrests.
Fox, who was 3 months pregnant, told The Stranger:
"I was standing in the middle of the crowd when the police started moving in. I was screaming, 'I am pregnant, I am pregnant. Let me through. I am trying to get out.'"
She says that she was then pepper-sprayed and suffered trauma to her abdominal region when a police officer lifted his foot and hit her in the stomach, while another officer ran into her stomach while he was riding his bicycle through the crowd. She goes on to say about being pepper-sprayed:
"Right before I turned, both cops lifted their pepper spray and sprayed me. My eyes puffed up and my eyes swelled shut."
She was later taken by ambulance to Harborview Medical Center, although Fox claims the police prevented her from leaving the scene sooner. An ultrasound was performed, and medical practitioners initially told her that everything appeared normal with the baby.
On Nov. 20, Fox received the heartbreaking news that she had suffered a miscarriage, and is trying to get medical records together to prove that the miscarriage was a direct result from her injuries caused by the police.
She is receiving consultation from the Occupy Seattle legal team and is considering her options in taking legal action against the Seattle Police Department for the loss of her child.