Pepper-spraying brought 'good' attention to Seattle, woman says

Nov 18, 2011

The 84-year-old woman who was pepper sprayed this week at an Occupy Seattle protest says the national attention she received can help the movement's cause.

Dorli Rainey addressed a crowd of about 100 people Friday afternoon who had marched to police headquarters downtown. Rainey was at an Occupy Seattle event Tuesday evening when police used pepper spray on the protesters.

A picture of Rainey taken immediately after she was hit by the chemical irritant was published worldwide. Police say the group Rainey was in was blocking traffic and ignored orders to disperse.

Rainey told the crowd gathered at police headquarters Friday the publicity from the photograph of her is good because it focuses people on the issues.