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Good Picture! Pepper-Sprayed Activists Awarded $1 Each by Jury
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Pepper-Sprayed Humboldt Activists Awarded $1 Each by Jury

By Justin M. Norton
The Associated Press
Friday 29 April 2005



San Francisco - Eight nonviolent logging protesters who had pepper spray swabbed in their eyes by law enforcement officers in 1997 finally won their case - on their third try - and were awarded exactly $1 apiece in damages.

After earlier trials ended in deadlocked juries in 1998 and 2004, a jury ruled Thursday that Humboldt County and Eureka law enforcement officers used excessive force at the protest.

The plaintiffs laughed and hugged in the courthouse hallways after the verdicts were read and applauded when jurors left their chambers.

"They did the right thing," said plaintiff Terri "Compost" Slanetz, a 42-year-old naturalist from Oakland. "We've been trying all along to get a statement that this was illegal. It's a positive step toward people treating each other decently."

http://www.truthout.org/issues_05/042905EC.shtml
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