SPD investigates Occupy Seattle protester's miscarriage claim

SPD investigates Occupy Seattle protester's miscarriage claim

SPD investigates Occupy Seattle protester's miscarriage claim

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on November 22, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 23 at 4:30 PM

Seattle Police on Tuesday confirmed they are investigating a claim that a pregnant Occupy Seattle protester lost her baby after a Nov. 15 confrontation with police.

Nineteen-year-old Jennifer Fox said she miscarried after being pepper sprayed and hit in the stomach by a police bicycle. She said she miscarried five days later.

In an interview with KING 5 on Monday, she said she was two months pregnant when she miscarried. Other news organizations have reported that Fox said she was three months pregnant.

Fox's story was first reported by a Seattle blogger. From there, it was picked up by several news organizations and blogs.

KING 5's Linda Brill went to the Occupy Seattle camp at Seattle Central Community College on Tuesday to obtain more information from Fox about her claims.

Fox told Brill she had an ultrasound report documenting her pregnancy, but that she couldn't show it to Brill because it was in someone else's tent. Fox also said there are records documenting her miscarriage on file at Harborview Medical Center.

Brill offered to drive Fox to HMC to get the records, but Fox declined, saying she was assigned clean-up duties at the Occupy Seattle camp.

She told Brill that she is holding a memorial for her baby on Saturday. After that, Fox said she would consider showing the hospital records to KING 5.

Fox said she had spoken with attorneys who represent Occupy Seattle. Both SPD and the City Attorney's office said they have not received any formal complaint from Fox or Occupy's attorneys.

Police suspect Fox may be the same woman who claimed she was pregnant two months ago when she was arrested in an incident unrelated to Occupy Seattle. SPD released a police report to KING 5 dated Sept. 22, 2011, showing that police responded to a report that five people were trespassing at a vacant building on Capitol Hill.

According to the police report, a young woman in the group told the officer she was three months pregnant and began crying when arrested. That woman was arrested and transported to Harborview Medical Center.

In another Occupy Seattle development, SCCC announced Tuesday that its board will meet Wednesday to vote on a rule that would give the school the power to evict the Occupy camp. Last month, SCCC administrators tried to stop Occupy Seattle from relocating its camp to the school's grounds. But administrators then announced that they lacked the legal authority to remove the encampment.

The vote on Wednesday will be on an emergency rule that Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna drafted on behalf of SCCC. It would allow the camp's removal on grounds that it posed a risk to health conditions. The school also cited the costs for security and cleanup.
 

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