Of all the dubious claims made by Occupy protesters thus far, this one stands out as being the most inflammatory… and the most suspect.
Jennifer Fox, 19, spoke to The Strangerat the Occupy Seattle encampment at Seattle Central Community College. Fox claimed that she was three months pregnant last Tuesday evening when she joined an Occupy Seattle march that stopped at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Pine Street.
“I was standing in the middle of the crowd when the police started moving in,” she says. “I was screaming, ‘I am pregnant, I am pregnant. Let me through. I am trying to get out.'” At that point, Fox continues, a Seattle police officer lifted his foot and it hit her in the stomach, and another officer pushed his bicycle into the crowd, again hitting Fox in the stomach. “Right before I turned, both cops lifted their pepper spray and sprayed me. My eyes puffed up and my eyes swelled shut,” she says.
Fox asked for medical attention—the now-famous photo by Josh Trujillo of her being carried to the ambulance is here (click to the second photo)—and was rushed to Harborview Medical Center, she says, where doctors performed an ultrasound and said that they “didn’t see anything wrong with the baby at the time.” Fox says she had also seen a physician at Harborview for prenatal care about five week before.
“Everything was going okay until yesterday, when I started getting sick, cramps started, and I felt like I was going to pass out,” Fox says.
If Ms. Fox was actually pregnant and actually miscarried for any reason, I am truly sorry for her loss, regardless of the cause.
Unfortunately, Ms. Fox’s story is being used as a political device by the Occupy movement, and that brings it up for discussion and scrutiny.
If Ms. Fox wants us to believe that:
- she was pregnant
- she was repeatedly hit in the stomach by Seattle police
- she was pepper-sprayed
- she miscarried
- she miscarried as a result of being hit in the stomach and pepper-sprayed
… then she and her allies better damn well have solid evidence before leveling the following charge.
I didn’t know that a cop would murder a baby that’s not born yet… I am trying to get lawyers.”
Of course, neither Fox nor the writer are able to provide a shred of evidence of anything other than photographic evidence she was carried out of the crowd. Fox curiously says has no hospital discharge paperwork or other evidence to support her claims, a bizarre state of affairs considering the “signed in triplicate” bureaucracy of the modern medical system.
If she had been been abused by the police, the hospital and social workers would have been all over her like stink on a skunk just to protect the hospital from any possible legal fallout. And she has nothing to show for it? This is highly suspect, to put it mildly.
There is no documented evidence Jennifer Fox can present to the author of the cited peice to show that she was ever pregnant, much less any evidence that she was abused at the Occupy Seattle protest by police, or that if she was pregnant, and was assaulted as she claimed, that either the physical assault or being pepper-sprayed had anything to do with her miscarriage. Thousands of miscarriages occur at this stage of pregnancy.
This dubious claim bears many of the hallmarks of fraudulent Pallywood-style media orchestrations we’ve become experts in spotting over the years.
If Jennifer Fox and Occupy Seattle has evidence that she was pregnant, assaulted by police, and that her baby was killed as a result of police action, she should have plenty of hospital documentation to support her claims.
If she produces the copious documentation that would would surround such an event I will become among the loudest voices supporting her cry to hold the Seattle PD accountable.
If she cannot produce evidence, she should face legal accountability for her claims as well.