In Seattle, Washington, the cops don’t play. Or discriminate. In a peaceful march downtown for the Occupy movement today, police decided that the crowd absolutely had to be dispersed. And they weren’t playing favorites when they decided to use the pepper spray liberally in discouraging the crowd. Among the victims: 84-year-old longtime activist Dorli Rainey. After receiving a face full of pepper spray, Ms. Rainey was rushed to the hospital by her fellow protesters. A two-month pregnant 19-year-old woman who only revealed her name as Jennifer was also among the victims who were rushed to the hospital. And, if that isn’t enough of a sampling of the kind of lowlifes we had here, another was a priest.
Don’t worry, though, my good friends. A spokesperson for the Seattle police was quick to explain that this was for the victim’s own good. Never mind they were protesting peacefully and legally. That’s beside the point. After all, there’s nothing better on a nice autumn night than a face full of pepper spray. Jeff Kappel of the Seattle police, upon being asked about the Rainey incident, quickly explained that pepper spray is not age specific. “No more dangerous to someone who is 10 or someone who is 80,” Kappel said to a room of wide-open gaping mouths. He also added, much to everyone’s relief, that Seattle police “probably wouldn’t be using pepper spray if that was the case.” Nice to know.
On the Seattle Police blog, Kappel elaborated on things further. According to him, pepper spray is only used when things go awry. “Pepper spray was deployed only against subjects who
were either refusing a lawful order to disperse or engaging in assaultive behavior toward officers,” Kappel said. No word on what 4 foot 10 inch, 84-year-old Dorli Rainey was doing that was “assaultive” to the officers.
At least there will be no complaints of discrimination here. What’s good for Grandma is good for the young’uns too. Actually, maybe there will be complaints. There are absolutely no reports so far of any African-Americans being pepper sprayed in the protest march. A clearer application of the race card we have never seen.