Occupy Portland’s Pepper Spray Chick Loses Federal Case Against Portland Police

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Occupy Portland Pepper spray guilty“Pepper Spray Chick” Liz Nichols either has a lot of money or she is the lucky recipient of free legal help. How else to explain her decision to bring her case against Portland Police even after her swing-and-a-miss in State Court? Whiffing against the bigs–Tilting at Windmills–can be noble. But this case? This case was just plain dumb. 

Pepper Spray Chick Liz was part of a phalanx of Occupy types who planned to storm downtown Portland banks on November 17, 2011–“N17”. They planned to do what they’d done before: intimidate, frighten and threaten workers at Chase Bank,  toss feces or  throw Molotov cocktails. They’d done it all before. 

But Occupiers kept pushing the line of riot-gear-outfitted-cops toward the wall of the bank. Their backs were nearly against the wall of the bank and their options of getting out safely were diminishing. It was getting to be a logistical problem. 

Occupy Portland N17 ICONIC PHOTOEnter the cops little ice cream truck. Well, it’s not really an ice cream truck, it’s a little white truck outfitted with a huge speaker that reminds you of an ice cream truck. The large speaker affixed to the top of the truck blares whatever message the cops need you to hear. You have to not want to hear it to, uh, not hear it.

Even in the midst of the melee, a person I know who was recording the event said it was easy to hear the truck speaker above the crowds. The speaker told the crowds to step away from the cops and the bank and to stay out of the street. 

But even as they advanced at the cops trying to storm the bank, Occupiers chanted “peaceful, peaceful, peaceful” as if the mere act of saying the word sprinkled fairy dust on their aggressive actions and poof! made them ‘peaceful.’ 

Utter nonsense. 

The jury of three men and four women didn’t buy it, either, finding the two officers involved not guilty of excessive force in land speed record time. After the nearly five day trial, the jury got the case on Friday afternoon and managed to acquit the officers in short order later Friday afternoon.  

Nichols was looking for a $30,000 payday, saying the incident gave her nightmares and exacerbated her eczema. 

She didn’t get it. Occupy Portland Pepper spray attorney

Her attorney said he was sorry they didn’t win because people need to “feel safe going downtown, coming and bringing their families and not being the victims of pepper spray.” 

He must think we all forget what it was like during Occupy and how people didn’t want to bring their families to downtown Portland and were afraid of being victims of the anarchists wielding things much worse than pepper spray. 

 

 

Victoria Taft is a wife, mother, blogger, radio talk show host and entrepreneur and is a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce.  

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2 thoughts on “Occupy Portland’s Pepper Spray Chick Loses Federal Case Against Portland Police

  1. In the words of the famous Nelson Mandela Muntz Ha ha!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_Muntz

    Did she really think that she could pull one over on the people of Portland? How stupid do you think we are? I am almost sure you will be paying the court costs according to the words of the DA.
    What do you think of your precious occupy gods now baby?

  2. Wonderful! Good for this jury. I am hoping that the people of Portland have (finally) had enough of this crap.

    My husband says: “Welcome to America where you have the freedom of choice. You *chose* to stay there, harassing the cops, even after you were warned they would use chemicals for their safety. You *chose* to chant, “Peaceful, peaceful,” while being anything but. And, you *chose* to exacerbate your eczema by allowing the police to spray you rather than following orders to retreat.
    In other words, “Nah Ner Nah Ner Nah Nah!”

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