UPDATE ON David Ortega, PEPPER SPRAYED 11-30-11 BY PHXPD RELEASED TODAY
On Wednesday David Ortega, O’odham community member who took to the streets to help expose ALEC was brutally pepper sprayed by the Phoenix Police Department. Ortega was sprayed so much that it brought on a stroke, leading to his hospitalization. This was after the fact that he was initially refused “professional” medical. The Phoenix Urban Health Collective provided on-site medical attention until the police allowed EMS to assist David.
“It was like a cloud of pepper spray,” Ortega said Wednesday night recovering in a Scottsdale hospital. “I was carrying the Veterans for Peace flag when another person was hit directly in the face with pepper spray. I rushed to the front to help him, like I always do as a Peacemaker.”
As of Thursday David was released from the hospital and his health condition had improved.
We see true violence manifest in situations like the one caused by Phoenix Police. Whether it be police defending ALEC or ALEC attacking through extractive industries and legislature true violence emerges. That is why we are resisting ALEC. This is why they need to be exposed. Please help us resist ALEC!