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Jury Finds Police Not Liable for Occupy Protester's Injuries

OPB | Aug. 9, 2013 6:15 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 12, 2013 7:36 a.m.

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Liz Nichols with her attorneys.

Liz Nichols with her attorneys.

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A jury has found the city of Portland and two police officers not liable for injuries suffered by an Occupy Portland protester at a demonstration in 2011.

Jurors heard closing arguments, then deliberated four hours before returning their verdict. Their decision: Officers did not violate Elizabeth Nichols’ free speech rights. Nor did they use excessive force when they shoved her in the throat with a baton, pepper sprayed her open mouth and dragged her by her hair.

Liz Nichols is known around the world as the young woman captured in a photo as she caught a mouthful of pepper spray during an "Occupy the Banks" demonstration in November of 2011.

Liz Nichols is known around the world as the young woman captured in a photo as she caught a mouthful of pepper spray during an "Occupy the Banks" demonstration in November of 2011.

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Nichols’ attorney, Kenneth Kreuscher, says he’s disappointed with the verdict.

“It’s hard to know what happens behind the curtain in the jury room,” Kreuscher said. “I certainly wish I was a fly on the wall to hear the jury’s deliberations.”

Nichols was seeking $30,000.

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