PORTLAND, Ore. - A college student who got a mouthful of pepper spray during the Occupy Portland protests plans to file a lawsuit Friday against the Portland Police Bureau.
A picture of Liz Nichols, snapped by an Oregonian photographer during a chaotic anti-bank protest, quickly became an iconic image for the Occupy movement.
Nichols claims she was sprayed in the face with pepper spray while shouting at another officer who hit her in the neck with a night stick.
Nichols is facing charges for assaulting a police officer.
Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the Occupy Portland protests. Although the movement has become less visible since they took over Chapman and Lownsdale Squares and marched through downtown Portland, organizers say it still exists.
The national Occupy movement marched to mark the national anniversary of the event last month. The local chapter has not said whether they plan on doing anything on Saturday.