Seattle police probe protester's miscarriage claim
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle police have launched an internal investigation after a 19-year-old woman says she suffered a miscarriage after being pepper sprayed at an Occupy Seattle protest.
Jennifer M. Fox says police kicked her and hit her in the stomach with a bicycle Nov. 15 and also doused her with pepper spray. She says she was three months pregnant.
The Seattle Times says Fox has declined to provide medical records supporting her claim that she had a miscarriage five days after being hit.
Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamieson says the department is looking into the situation because of the seriousness of the allegations.
The Times reports that Fox's family doubts her story.
Her former foster mother, Lark Stebbins, says Fox has a history of exaggerating and never mentioned she was pregnant when they spoke recently.
Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com