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The First Occupy Casualty?
by LiberatedWoman
Nov 22, 2011 | 1607 views | 6 6 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Jennifer Fox
Jennifer Fox
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John Pike -- Pepper Spray Man
John Pike -- Pepper Spray Man
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On the 20th, Jennifer Fox received news that she has miscarried, and alleges the miscarriage is due to the injuries she received during the police action on the 15th.

"It hurts. It's upsetting. I was ready to have a kid, because my family was going to support me in taking care of the child. Her name was going to be Miracle."

UPDATE: Fox, 19, spoke to The Stranger at the Occupy Seattle encampment at Seattle Central Community College.

Fox was three months pregnant last Tuesday evening when she joined an Occupy Seattle march that stopped at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Pine Street. "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—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, too."

As for joining the protests, she says, "I was worried about it, but I didn't know it would be this bad. I didn't know that a cop would murder a baby that's not born yet... I am trying to get lawyers."

I asked Fox if she had any medical records that confirm the miscarriage or that the clash with police officers caused it. She did not have copies but says she has asked her case worker at Harborview to provide her with records. Harborview officials say they cannot provide any information, of course, except that medical records would mention those details. The Seattle Police Department did not immedately respond to request for comment.

--Dominic Holden

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Saltpork
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November 23, 2011
This story makes me want to puke.

As ugly as Fox is she may never get pregnant again, if she was ever pregnant in the first place.

Reading today's Bee Pic did observe the Birth Announcments present a potential seven new babies with unmarried parents for the weary taxpayer to support. Years and years of entitlements, Pell Grants, and TANAF to fund.

Noticed in the story that young Miss Fox would have been an unwed mother. She claims her family was going to support her? Yeah, right!

Pregnant and homeless so she joins the Occupy Seattle Movement? Why?

I would suggest that if she doesn't like pepper spray and Cops it might be best she find that support her family was willing to offer "Miracle" and stay away from crowds.

Obama has a big house with lots of extra bedrooms maybe he could put her up for the few months he has left to crash in the people's house.
laselva
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November 22, 2011
Sorry LibWoman that this posting is longer than your article but the OWS protests are beginning to make a difference. The following is an email I received today from Univ. of California.

Dear University of California Supporter, 

 

I'd like to share with you two messages from University of California President Mark G. Yudof in response to the recent events on some UC campuses. I believe it is important that you and other members of the UC family be informed about how the University is responding to the issues raised by these events.

 

The first message is the President’s immediate response issued yesterday (Nov. 20th), to an incident which occurred on the UC Davis campus Friday.

 

The second is an update released today on the developments that have taken place in the last few hours.

 

In addition to President Yudof’s statements, a message from the Chair of the UC Regents, Sherry Lansing, is also available at this link:  http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/article/26709

 

Clearly, these are challenging times for our state, our students and our entire university community. We will continue to keep you apprised of developments as they occur.  In the meantime, and on behalf of President Yudof, I thank you for your continued support for the University of California.

 

Sincerely,

 

Steve Juarez

Associate Vice President

State Governmental Relations

UC Office of the President

 

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2011

To view online: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/article/26702

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011

UC Office of the President

 

President Yudof acts in response to campus protest issues

 

University of California President Mark G. Yudof today (Sunday, Nov. 20) announced the actions he is taking in response to recent campus protest issues:

 

I am appalled by images of University of California students being doused with pepper spray and jabbed with police batons on our campuses.

 

I intend to do everything in my power as President of this university to protect the rights of our students, faculty and staff to engage in non-violent protest.

 

Chancellors at the UC Davis and UC Berkeley campuses already have initiated reviews of incidents that occurred on their campuses. I applaud this rapid response and eagerly await the results.

 

The University of California, however, is a single university with 10 campuses, and the incidents in recent days cry out for a system-wide response.

 

Therefore I will be taking immediate steps to set that response in motion.

 

I intend to convene all 10 chancellors, either in person or by telephone, to engage in a full and unfettered discussion about how to ensure proportional law enforcement response to non-violent protest.

 

To that end, I will be asking the Chancellors to forward to me at once all relevant protocols and policies already in place on their individual campuses, as well as those that apply to the engagement of non-campus police agencies through mutual aid agreements.

 

Further, I already have taken steps to assemble experts and stake-holders to conduct a thorough, far-reaching and urgent assessment of campus police procedures involving use of force, including post-incident review processes.

 

My intention is not to micromanage our campus police forces. The sworn officers who serve on our campuses are professionals dedicated to the protection of the UC community.

 

Nor do I wish to micromanage the chancellors. They are the leaders of our campuses and they have my full trust and confidence.

 

Nonetheless, the recent incidents make clear the time has come to take strong action to recommit to the ideal of peaceful protest.

 

As I have said before, free speech is part of the DNA of this university, and non-violent protest has long been central to our history. It is a value we must protect with vigilance. I implore students who wish to demonstrate to do so in a peaceful and lawful fashion. I expect campus authorities to honor that right.

 

 

 

MONDAY NOVEMBER 21, 2011

To view online: http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/article/26708

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, Nov. 21, 2011

University of California Office of the President

 

In meeting with chancellors, President Yudof outlines actions on several fronts

 

University of California President Mark G. Yudof convened the chancellors of all 10 campuses today (Monday, Nov. 21) and asserted that they must do everything possible to protect the rights of students, faculty and staff to peaceful protest.

 

He reiterated that he was appalled by the images of students being doused with pepper spray at UC Davis and jabbed with batons at UC Berkeley. “We cannot let this happen again,” he said.

 

During a teleconference, Yudof told the chancellors he had directed senior UCOP staff to move immediately on several fronts to:

• Examine recent incidents involving use of force on UC campuses.

• Organize a thorough examination of police procedures, protocols and training.

• Put in place a structure to assemble recommendations for longer-term practices to ensure the safety of members of the UC community engaged in peaceful protest.

While expressing his confidence in the leadership of UC chancellors, he said he was directing senior staff to work with all of the campus police chiefs to bring together policies governing use of force at each of the locations, as well as requirements for the presence of senior administrators and observers in certain situations.

 

Further details about plans for the systemwide reviews of specific incidents of use of force and current protocols are expected to be shared with the public this week.