She “actively, physically resisted lawful police instructions to move off the sidewalk,” city attorneys wrote in a court motion. The lawyers also claimed Nichols “aggressively moved as if to attack” the police, who acted reasonably in the already high-pressure circumstances.
Two officers and the city of Portland were named in the suit. Nichols and the officers are expected to testify, with defense attorneys telling reporters that they will aim to prove Nichols was “menacing” police before she was sprayed.
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