A federal jury on Friday found that two Portland police officers did not use excessive force in pepper spraying and dragging an Occupy Portland protester through a line of riot police in November 2011.
Liz Nichols, now a 22-year-old Portland State University student, left the courtroom with her attorneys after the verdict was read, declining to comment. She darted into a restroom, changed her clothes and left the building. She had told The Oregonian beforehand that she had to go to her job as a janitor.
She sued the city and two officers involved in the incident, claiming police violated her First and Fourth Amendment rights in a confrontation that included pepper spraying her in the face and applying a police baton. The shot of spray hitting her open mouth was captured in a famous photograph by Randy L. Rasmussen of The Oregonian.
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and see the famous photograph of the confrontation here