Disturbing Photo: 84-year-old retired teacher pepper sprayed at Seattle protest — Expressed opposition to nuclear plants in paper (VIDEO)

Published: November 17th, 2011 at 2:22 pm ET


Elderly woman who was pepper-sprayed known for activism, Seattle Post Intelligencer, Nov. 16, 2011:

[S]he wrote to the P-I editorial page in Decemer [sic] 2008. “We wanted environmental protection, not selective clean coal, offshore drilling and nuclear plants […]”

“A Tuesday night photo of Dorli Rainey with the chemical irritant and liquid used to treat it dripping from her chin” –Washington Post


Published: November 17th, 2011 at 2:22 pm ET


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43 comments to Disturbing Photo: 84-year-old retired teacher pepper sprayed at Seattle protest — Expressed opposition to nuclear plants in paper (VIDEO)

  • What a noble soul. I support her with all my heart. 25 million infant mortalities in India alone in the years to come in India alone from the ongoing fast breeding of Fukushimas, applying the precautionary principle. And probably a billion? What will happen to all life? Stop nuclear power programmes and mothball the reactors and look after the wastes from mining to storage.

  • arclight arclight

    how about apologising to the citizens as well!! dipshit!!

    change your policing policy!!

    now as to the 4 foot 2 inch dear sweet little old lady being sprayed with chemicals!! ive this to say

    bunch of (redacted) (redacted) natzi ((redacted) if it was my mum i would stuff your baton (redacted) it (redacted) and pull it out your sorry excuse for a (redacted)…and after (redacted) it (redacted) your earwhole ;; i would then(very long redacted)… 🙁

  • Grampybone Grampybone

    The police want to do the Assad and get their torture on. Sick pigs have no respect for first amendment and the people who exercise it. I guess the Tea Party had it right when they brought their rifles.

  • 16 Occupy livestreams w chats available at

    This is a high bandwidth page so thanks for your patience if it takes a moment or two to load. Where is the aclu and amnesty international?

  • Clocka

    Soon it will end up like Tiananmen.

  • James Tekton James Tekton

    Been watching this channel for a while.

    This guy Tim is on his way to glory.

    Live from NY it’s….OCCUPY!


  • westcoastguy westcoastguy

    The mayor doesnt give a shit about what happened. He is just protecting his own ass. I’m just waiting for when these protests turn violent and the citizens start fighting back

  • midwestern midwestern

    So first they pepper spray her, then to add insult to injury, douse her with cesium-laden milk.

  • Mack Mack


    “General Electric, one of the largest corporations in America, filed a whopping 57,000-page federal tax return earlier this year but didn’t pay taxes on $14 billion in profits. The return, which was filed electronically, would have been 19 feet high if printed out and stacked.”


  • WindorSolarPlease

    Looks like tempers are running high between the protesters and the police officials. I am for peaceful law abiding protests. The majority can rule without violence.

    I am not for wild pepper spraying. I don’t believe that lady was a threat. Police and protesters have the same responsibility, in keeping things calm.

    I am from a generation that saw Martin Luther King walk arm and arm with many that were behind him.

    At that time, there were also wild protests, but he knew how to gather the people together. Martin Luther King knew that you are stronger in numbers when things are peaceful, or else it becomes a free for all and it falls apart.
    He knew, out of control protesting accomplishes nothing.

    They had a purpose, they were organized with exact demands of what they wanted. Martin Luther King was a leader, a mediator between the people and the Heads of State.

    I have said this before. I do not believe violence, and I do not believe doing things unlawful is the right and only way. No one would want Marshall Law put in place.
    Just because they haven’t done things right, doesn’t mean the people shouldn’t do what’s right.

    Instead, find a away to use the law to all our benefit, have a plan, be organized, what are all your demands, who is talking for the public.

    • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

      I agree with many of your points, but as I remember that era, Dr. King was derided alot by lower and middle class whites. When Huey Newton, Angela Davis and other Black Panthers started packin sawed off shotguns and AR15’s, it scared the shit out of alot of footdraggin white folks and “equality” happened alot sooner. Malcolm X was part of that equation as well. I prefer peaceful solutions myself, but I prefer solutions to just plain theater.
      I shared this once before, but here it is again. I am not a musician, singer or a song writer. At best I’m a hobby guitar player, but the Occupy movement has lit a fire under my ass for the first time since the 1970’s…..and it feels really good!
      Link to a song I wrote…..

      • WindorSolarPlease

        Hi PoorDaddy,

        You could have fooled me, you are a song writer, and a nice singer, you’re talented.

        Yes, I remember there were lots of scary people at that time. That’s why I wrote: “At that time, there were also wild protests.”

        Martin Luther King did gather the people together, they knew what they wanted and they had a spoke person with connections. He did not spin his wheels with violence and unlawful damage.

        What I see now is confusion, violence, unlawfulness. Who is in charge, what are all the demands. It looks like just a bunch of angry people, kids stamping their feet having tantrums.

        Don’t get me wrong, there are things that are not right, that need change. The issues are to important not to have this organized, without violence and unlawfulness.

        This can either get out of hand and most likely nothing will get accomplished to the level it should be, or it can be done in a way that, things can be changed legally.

        We need someone to lead the 99% walking arm in arm peacefully to make such an important difference.

        What are the plans, what is the exact demands, all I have heard is random scatter thoughts.

        Where are the people in charge of this, someone who knows how to negotiate, who knows the laws, who knows how to walk through those big doors where change is created with the 99% behind him/her.

        There is power in numbers, if done the right way, or else all you have is a mass confusion.

        • WindorSolarPlease,


          OccupyWallSt.org is the unofficial de facto online resource for the growing occupation movement happening on Wall Street and around the world. We’re an affinity group committed to doing technical support work for resistance movements. We’re not a subcommittee of the NYCGA nor affiliated with Adbusters, anonymous or any other organization.

          Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District, and has spread to over 100 cities in the United States and actions in over 1,500 cities globally. #ows is fighting back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations. The movement is inspired by popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, and aims to expose how the richest 1% of people are writing the rules of an unfair global economy that is foreclosing on our future.

          The occupations around the world are being organized using a non-binding consensus based collective decision making tool known as a “people’s assembly”. To learn more about how to use this process to organize your local community to fight back against social injustice, please read this quick guide on group dynamics in people’s assemblies.

          Solidarity Forever!

          No you won’t see on MSM !????

          So many people will not understand their directive and think they are … !
          Satellite OccupyWallSt in many cities, I think it needs to be brought to the Mall in DC ! Maybe in the Spring !?

          • WindorSolarPlease

            Hi xdrfox

            I want more, I want change and someone in the lead to achieve this..not violence, not unlawfulness, not chaos. I want direct issues brought up, not random scatter thoughts.

            There are to many important issues at hand here to be sorted out and negotiated.

            I think we all could learn how Martin Luther King handled things. He got something accomplished by pulling the people together. He had a plan, a dream, and he made connections with those who could make things happen and he negotiated.

            The number of people is there, where is the knowledgeable person of the laws to represent and lead the people, instead of having chaos. What’s the plan, what are the demands.

            I went through foreclosure and all our savings gone, and that’s not fun at our age. Yes it hurts to have watched the bale outs to the already wealthy people, without any mandatory stipulations to bring work to the US.

            Even going through struggles every day, I still don’t want violence, unlawfulness, and chaos. I want more than that.

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  • alasanon

    Well, I doubt she wants to be displayed in a picture like that! Would you? Admin, please don’t add to the effrontery to this nice lady with a zoom shot.

    They probably are afraid of elderly folks and retired teachers because they are smart, they care, and that generation is made of tough stuff!!

  • Where are the sound news video/clips from Obama and Clinton saying these people have a right to peaceably protest and have their grievance’s heard as they did for the people of Egypt and Lybia ????

  • Silver

    Albeit unfortunate the elderly woman, pregnant woman and priest were sprayed indiscriminately with pepper spay it was due to their failure to listen to lawful orders issued by the police. They were instructed numerous times to not block the intersection and pedestrians or bloc traffic there they all stayed defiant.

    Have you considered that this occupy groups used these frail people as human shields as they have used children at other encampments so that they might continue to break the law. Please review all the events surrounding the incident before crying about a silly old woman who defied a lawful order to move and allow foot and vehicular traffic to flow.

    • dpl dpl

      She should be grateful the cops were generous enough to not bust a canister upside her silly old human shield head. These human pinatas need to learn when a lawman gives an order you can’t decide not to obey.

    • Were Egypt and Lybia’s people staying were police said to ? NO !
      No reason for the police to use such harsh tactics, just simply arrest the violators !

    • WindorSolarPlease

      We do have laws in this country, that we know we must abide with.
      We cannot block streets.

      What if you had an emergency and you could not get your child or loved one in time to get to the hospital. The streets need to be clear. Emergencies do happen.

      Police officers have a hard job. They never know when they will be attacked or bottles thrown at them. They put themselves out there at risk. They have to be the one who is calm, even if someone gets in their face.
      They can’t have a temper or take things personally. They have to restore peace, with using what they have as a last step.

      Both police and protesters have both been known to get out of hand. I have seen both party’s act badly.

      There is no honor attacking people who have no weapons, who are there to have a peaceful demonstration. This is where organized legal protests help with problems that could occurred.

      People should have the right to legally protest orderly and speak their mind.

      Since there are going to be protestors until something changes, the States could work with the protestors to diffuse possible problems.

  • Silver

    It appears you have forgotten details as they too received harsher treatment for non-compliance if you remember what really occurred in Libya and Egypt.

    Further if the masses were ignoring lawful orders then why do you believe individual arrests would have been peaceful remember that the police were out numbered hence the police walking up to these people and placing individuals under arrest is unrealistic.

    If masses of people are ignoring lawful orders, why place the police under greater risks of personal injury if these people fail to obey a lawful order whereas some mace brings submission from an unlawful crowd.

    The occupy people knew this and still placed their weaker people in the forefront so who really is to blame.

    • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

      Yeah sure & “Hi-Ho” there Kemosabe, Now jump back on & ride off into the sunset until you see a glowing ruin surrounded by cranes & debris and kindly swan dive into the first pool you see,don’t worry it’s “heated”!! I always wondered what happened to that “hall monitor” who always got his lunch money taken before moving on to the prestigous position of metermaid or crossing guard zealously fulfilling his duties to maintain order when parking violators & jaywalkers force him to tow cars,taze unruly grade-schoolers & report all suspicious activities while awaiting Comissioner Gordon’s signal bouncing off the clouds?!!~I guess he paused from his day job as “Caped Crusader”,or his night gig as the newest member of The Village People bustin’ a move in the pink cage at his favorite club when he spotted that felonious old schoolteacher that reminded him of a teacher he’d had who let him hang off a hook on the back of the classroom door by his tighty- whiteys?!! What a douche!~he’s probably seeking to show “The Man” how he conforms to “The System” and use his post on this thread as part of his resume for his ambition to be promoted to Corrections Dept.,where he can really go “Gitmo” & reprimand little old ladies & unruly youths & parking scofflaws while hoping to see the day one of his old schoolmates who’d stuffed him in a locker would get dragged through the door so he could really get his jollies before the next shift of screws would come in & find his prisoner(s)hanging in their cell dead! But don’t you worry there “Hero”(Zero)-“There’s always an opening for bootlick”s like you with such moral values & law-abiding ways!” I’m sure you have your own cattle prods & riot gear complete with a “waterboard” hanging in the closet with your Gimp suit!!lol!Now please put a dollop of Preparation-H in each of your jackboots & disappear!!~Smell Ya L8er,When Ur Legs R Str8er~

  • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

    I’ll bet you think the dead Kent State kids had it coming, right? They had the absolute effrontery to disobey an order.
    and what makes the police so special that they should not risk personal injury? The Occupiers risk injury daily now. I guess its like Orwell’s book Animal Farm, “”ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL, BUT SOME ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS”
    You used the word lawful or unlawful 4 times in 4 sentences. You are either a member of the 1% or a sheep. Either way, you’ve earned my disdain.

  • dpl dpl

    I have a POSITIVE suggestion

    put down the crack pipe and soak your head in LAVENDER

    let the healing begin

  • Elenin Velikovsky Elenin Velikovsky

    sorry stoop, you need to learn somethin’
    Who made the Crop Circle in yer Avatar…?
    You Sass a Genuine Wizard…let your Symptoms Begin, that you may Learn
    not to type like an Ignorant Monkey.
    You’ll be released from this new sensation by SINCERELY calling
    upon the Savior, Jesus the Christ.
    Call on His Name and Be Saved. and Healed…SINCERELY, stoopy.

  • Novamind

    This type of thing will encourage protesters to carry AK and AR rifles on thier shoulders next.

  • Elenin Velikovsky Elenin Velikovsky

    They Are, Novamind, setting up
    a Martial-Law conditioning to police lines, barricades,
    and nowhere to run. You can’t go hippie-out in the woods
    anymore…it is Poe-Leece State idiots in uniforms, stopping you
    from having any freedom, peace, civilization….you gotta PAY, no
    free place to STAY!

    • WindorSolarPlease

      Hi Elenin Velikovsky

      I agree, I can see the top officials ordering to enforce Martial-Law.

      They have this law all set up for their benefit, not for the public.

      This law takes away all your rights.

      People can be arrested and imprisoned indefinitely without charges.

      Freedom of speech and freedom of assembly can be suspended, and censorship of the media imposed.

      Gun ownership will also come under severe attack during marital law.

      We could see house to house searches by the military or National Guard looking for guns and seizing any they find along with stored food.

      The garden patrol would be able to knock down your small crops and arrest you.


      Let’s rethink what has happened to the US..
      What has happened to the public should have the majority upset
      Do they want people get to the point of civil unrest, so they can enforce Martial-Law

      Be smart use the law instead of being unlawful..don’t cause chaos, be peaceful, be organized and have a plan.
      Let’s not have our rights of lawful peaceful demonstrations and all other rights taken away.
      Let’s not fall right into their hands, be smart.
      Who is in charge of these demonstrations, what is the plan, what are the demands, are there plans of negotiations so something can be done.

      They already know…the public is not happy…they got that message. What is the next step.

      We deserve more, we deserve results, not chaos civil unrest that will only result in what they want, to enforce Martial-Law.