Sean Karnes, a United States Coast Guard Veteran, sent us this account of being taunted by two Seattle Police officers after being pepper sprayed during last night's Occupy protest outside the Sheraton Hotel (during which three people were arrested).

...During round three of the Maalox pour two cops walked up. They looked like they were trying to get to me to pull me out on the sidewalk and do god knows what to me. They asked what was wrong with me and what was in my eyes. The docs said it was Maalox. One cop says "who's got cramps?" They made a couple more jokes and were laughing. I propped myself up and told them I was a veteran with eight years in the Coast Guard. One cop says, "how many times you been sprayed?" I said twice in the military and once tonight. He held four fingers up and said, "Should we make it four?" Earlier this cop had his bike tire between a guys legs and was trying to smash his testicles with his bike tire.

Full letter after the jump.

I had one of the most dehumanizing experiences of my life tonight. I was pepper sprayed while on the sidewalk at a peaceful protest. This occurred after the cops started shoving their bikes into peoples backs and bowling them over. I was fine with being pepper sprayed. This is the cost of doing business when you are working towards change. What happened afterwards is what I am not okay with.

Might I add this isn't some woe is me thing I just think it was wrong. Having been pepper sprayed twice while I was in the military I was used to the burning feeling on my skin and my eyes. I felt fine and then my eyes clenched shut after about twenty minutes when my face got wet in the rain. I couldn't open my eyes and my friend Teah walked me to the medical team who poured Maalox in my eyes and wiped my face off.

During round three of the Maalox pour two cops walked up. They looked like they were trying to get to me to pull me out on the sidewalk and do god knows what to me. They asked what was wrong with me and what was in my eyes. The docs said it was Maalox. One cop says "who's got cramps?" They made a couple more jokes and were laughing. I propped myself up and told them I was a veteran with eight years in the Coast Guard. One cop says, "how many times you been sprayed?" I said twice in the military and once tonight. He held four fingers up and said, "Should we make it four?" Earlier this cop had his bike tire between a guys legs and was trying to smash his testicles with his bike tire.

What a sick piece of crap this guy was. Both of these guys laughed and talked a bunch of crap to me before they walked off. I didn't hear everything they said because I was so out of it and in massive amounts of pain. The people who were around me tried to get their badge numbers and names but they ran off like the cowards they are. There is no respect for someone who kicks at people when they are down. That's not the way I grew up. I was a Federal law enforcement officer while I was in the Coast Guard and never even thought about treating people with such disrespect. I was entrusted to protect and serve the public and its something I didn't take lightly. I always treated people the way I would want to be treated.

Because of my time in the service I know a lot of cops. A lot of the cops I know I served with in the Coast Guard. They are good people who wanted to continue serving the public. These two knuckleheads however were not good people. They showed me absolutely no respect. I'm absolutely disgusted when I feel my trust betrayed especially when it's someone I was raised to trust and respect. A few weekends ago a cop I was having a good conversation with at Westlake told me to watch out because not all cops are good and some of them will go out of their way to take people down. Boy was she right.

Cops are supposed to serve and protect us. I am gonna keep being me and keep doing what I am doing. They have emboldened me to keep up the good fight. I am not gonna let two idiots get me down and I am still gonna hope that most cops aren't like these guys. I just want to tell my story and show that the cops are being abusive and not doing the job that we the taxpayers pay them to do.

Thankfully the medical team was there to treat me and keep these guys from dragging me across the sidewalk I hate to think of what they would have done if they got me. I love my country and am proud of my service but I also fear my government and people like these. It's crazy and disgusting that things like this can still happen here. I am going to continue to peacefully protest against what I think is wrong and I am going to exercise my First Amendment rights as long as I have breath in my lungs.