Woman in iconic pepper-spray photo sues cops, city
Randy L. Rasmussen / The Oregonian file
A police officer uses pepper spray on an Occupy Portland protestor on Nov. 17, 2011, at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland Ore. Lawyers for a woman who was pepper sprayed by Portland police during the Occupy protests nearly a year ago have filed a $155,000 lawsuit against two officers and the city. They say the spray is an excessive use of force when used for crowd control.
The complaint accuses two Portland police officers -- Doris Paisley and Jeffrey McDaniel -- of using excessive force against 21-year-old Liz Nichols, who was arrested on Nov. 17 during an Occupy Portland-related protest.
Nichols' attorneys say she followed officers' instructions, but that Paisley pushed her nightstick against Nichols' throat.
Nichols' attorneys say when she protested, McDaniel sprayed her.
The Oregonian reported that Nichols is seeking $155,000 in the suit filed Friday.
The complaint accuses the officers of using excessive force and violating Nichols' free speech rights. It also accuses the city of Portland of battery and violating her rights.
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