Mayor apologizes to demonstrators who were pepper sprayed



Posted on November 16, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 16 at 7:21 PM

SEATTLE – Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has issued an apology to people who were pepper sprayed at an Occupy Seattle demonstration on Tuesday evening.

McGinn personally apologized to an 84-year-old woman who was sprayed in the face. He called Dorli Rainey afer images of her being sprayed went viral.

"I feel terrible,” said McGinn. "I did apologize to Dorli because nobody likes to see this happen to someone who speaks for the protest line."

Pictures of Seattle's pepper spraying police - and Rainey - hit YouTube.

The mayor demands a complete review of police actions.

"We've asked police to review it, take a look at the videos,” he said. “We need more senior people.”

Rainey, a former school teacher and political activist, is no stranger to police. She was arrested during the original Nickelsville protests.

Seattle Police Chief John Diaz will do an internal review of the pepper spraying and make sure an appropriate commander is on the scene during the next protest.

Read the mayor's statement

March planned for Thursday afternoon

Occupy Seattle and some local unions say they will march to the University Bridge on Thursday afternoon.
They plan to hold a rally near University Hospital at 4 p.m. and then start marching toward the bridge at 4:30.
Police are expecting traffic disruptions in the area around the University Bridge at that time.