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Iraq War Vet Critically Injured In Occupy Oakland Protest
October 26, 2011 8:29 PM   Subscribe

Scott Olsen, an Iraq War vet, was critically injured in the OWS protest in Oakland last night. Witnesses allege Olsen was hit in the head by a tear gas canister fired by police. He ended up on the ground with a bleeding head wound.

As several protesters gathered around the injured vet, video suggests that a cop tossed either a flash grenade or a tear gas canister into the group. Olsen was taken by fellow protesters to Highland hospital, where he is in critical condition with a fractured skull and brain swelling.
posted by mikeand1 (15 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: Please follow up in the existing Oakland OWS thread. -- cortex



 
Way to set a match to gasoline, OPD.
posted by empath at 8:32 PM on October 26, 2011


Shit just got real.

The video is absolutely horrifying.
posted by bardic at 8:33 PM on October 26, 2011


there is a huge open thread on this, though.
posted by elizardbits at 8:33 PM on October 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


Before and after.
posted by empath at 8:36 PM on October 26, 2011


In a statement about the clashes, Oakland police said that they did not use rubber bullets or flashbang grenades, but cannot speak for the other law enforcement agencies on the scene.
posted by crunchland at 8:36 PM on October 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


Dumbass cops assault war vet. Isn't that how First Blood starts?
posted by leotrotsky at 8:37 PM on October 26, 2011 [5 favorites]


Yeah, bringing in cops from out of town is a tried and true recipe for brutality since before Tienanmen.
posted by empath at 8:37 PM on October 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


What a revolting video. Even more revolting is the sure knowledge that that police officer will face no punishment at all for his assault on an injured man and the people trying to help him.
posted by Dasein at 8:38 PM on October 26, 2011


Already being covered here, in the open thread.
posted by gingerbeer at 8:38 PM on October 26, 2011


More video
posted by empath at 8:40 PM on October 26, 2011


picture of Scott Olsen the moment the second grenade went off.
posted by antheawatson at 8:46 PM on October 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oakland's Controversial Police Department
posted by empath at 8:46 PM on October 26, 2011


First MeFi comment fail--


Picture of Scott Olsen the moment the second grenade went off

Goes back to lurking
posted by antheawatson at 8:48 PM on October 26, 2011 [2 favorites]


Even more revolting is the sure knowledge that that police officer will face no punishment at all for his assault on an injured man and the people trying to help him.

Equally revolting is that if he wasn't a Marine with two tours of duty under his belt no one in the media would give a shit that some hippie protester got sent to the hospital.
posted by auto-correct at 8:51 PM on October 26, 2011 [9 favorites]


Anyone identified that cop yet?
posted by jeffburdges at 8:52 PM on October 26, 2011


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