Judge fines protester who got a mouthful of pepper spray

Judge fines protester who got a mouthful of pepper spray
A police officer uses pepper spray on an Occupy Portland protestor at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland Ore., Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. (The Oregonian, Randy L. Rasmussen)

PORTLAND, Ore. - An Occupy Portland protester who was blasted in the face with pepper spray was found guilty this week of ignoring police orders and will now have to pay a fine.

Liz Nichols gained worldwide notoriety when an Oregonian photographer captured an officer spraying her in the mouth with pepper spray. The photo became an iconic image that many will remember about the ongoing clash with police during last year's Occupy demonstrations.

A judge has now fined Nichols $260 for not listening to police and following their orders that day.

Back in October, Nichols filed a lawsuit over the incident. She believes officers violated her constitutional rights and used excessive force.