Seattle mayor apologizes for pepper spray incident

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Mayor Mike McGinn is apologizing to some Occupy Seattle protesters who were pepper sprayed during a march Tuesday night.

Six people were arrested after police said they blocked downtown traffic and ignored orders to disperse. An 84-year-old woman was among those hit by pepper spray. A picture of Dorli (Door-LEE) Rainey, who was not arrested, quickly went viral.

McGinn said in a statement that he had spoken with Rainey, a well-known local activist.

McGinn says police are reviewing procedures. He says he's "sorry" that some people who were "engaged in peaceful protest" were struck by pepper spray. McGinn also called on Occupy Seattle organizers to work with city officials to ensure that protests are peaceful.