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Video: Security guard pepper-sprays pro-lifers outside abortion clinic

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

Peaceful protesters who are part of a national movement pursuing broad political, cultural, and social change were pepper-sprayed by a security guard. No, this story has nothing to do with Occupy Wall Street. Instead, itinvolves three pro-life Mississippians who were apparently pepper-sprayed by a security guard at an abortion clinic.

“This morning pro-lifers were singing and praying in front of Mississippi’s lone remaining abortion clinic when a security guard pepper-sprayed three of them in the face,” Life Site News says. “The aggressor was Roy Benjamin, a private, armed security guard who works for Jackson Women’s Health Organization, in Jackson.”

From the video, it doesn’t appear that the pro-lifers did anything physical to provoke the pepper-spraying. Life Site speculates that the guard was angry because one of the protesters covered a sprinkler that the clinic had trained on “the public sidewalk to spray pro-lifers.”

Last year, University of California San Diego students aligned with Occupy Wall Street were pepper-sprayed by campus police while sitting on the ground as part of a protest. “I think the way they responded shows for them it’s about power not about, not about the actual moral implication of their actions,” one of the students who was pepper-sprayed said of the police.

The incident received TV coverage on three major networks and ABC’s George Stephanopoulos had a sharp interview with the college chancellor.

“You have resisted calls so far to resign,” Stephanopoulos said, as the Media Research Center noted at the time. “Are you going to stay?…Nearly 50,000 people have signed a petition calling for you to go. Haven’t you lost the confidence of the faculty and the students?”

He added, “I’m sorry, but we’re looking at the video again right now. They’re sitting there peacefully. It doesn’t appear to be a violent situation.”

Will this pepper-spray video receive similar attention?

 

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