From the San Jose Mercury Telegraph (MercuryNews.com) <a href=”http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_19199894″>Occupy Oakland: Iraq vet critically injured by police projectile</a>
OAKLAND — A 24-year old former Marine Corps corporal and Iraqi war veteran remained in critical condition at Highland Hospital on Wednesday night after friends said he was hit in the head with a police projectile in Tuesday’s Occupy Oakland confrontation.
Scott Thomas Olsen, 24, of Onalaska, Wis., was admitted to Highland after he was hit on the head above his right eye during clashes with police, said hospital spokesman Curt Olsen, who is not related to the veteran.
Scott Olsen appears to be the first person nationwide to suffer a serious injury while participating in the Occupy Wall Street movement that has spread to virtually every major American city, and many smaller ones, as millions of people continue to express their anger and disappointment with the country’s banking, regulatory and health care systems.
“It’s absolutely unconscionable that our citizens are going overseas to protect other citizens just to come back and have our own police hurt them,” said Joshua Shepherd, a six-year Navy veteran and friend of Olsen’s, who attended a vigil late Wednesday afternoon for the injured man.
Fellow protesters brought him in after he failed to respond to basic questions. Doctors at the hospital said that Olsen had brain swelling and placed him under immediate supervision. CBS News reports that witnesses state he was hit by a tear gas cannister, which are fired under pressure from a sort of gun.
This happened last night. There has been no change in his condition. He is described as having a 2 inch long curved skull fracture and swelling of the brain.
Shortly after this picture was taken, an Oakland Policeman threw a flash-bang grenade into the crowd tending to Olsen. The crowd scattered, leaving the injured Olsen laying on the street by himself. This video clearly shows this happen, near the end. By the way, the Oakland Police Department has denied using flash-bang grenades, even though they can be clearly seen in various videos taken of the confrontation. The videos have shown that every statement made by the police about this confrontation has been a lie.
The demonstrators were unarmed. They were not acting in a hostile manner towards the police or anyone else. The police have claimed that the demonstrators threw plastic water bottles and rocks at them, but no proof of this has been made available. The police also claim that two policemen were injured “when a protester doused them with cans of blue and pink paint.” Since they were helmeted and visored, none of this alleged paint would have gotten into their faces, and again, no proof of any kind has been made public. The protesters have produced many videos showing all aspects of the confrontation. The police are clearly seen acting in a hostile and brutal manner; the demonstrators are just as clearly seen doing nothing but being present. The police have had to repeatedly change their story as these videos come out. They should just start with the truth, but they cannot do that — it would mean admitting a premeditated police riot.
Daily Kos was running a live blog from the scene which you may find interesting. It gives a feel for what was going on last night in Oakland. The link is Liveblog:NYC Marches, Live Video, Jesse La Greca at Denver, Arrests, Nation Marches w/ OccupyOakland.
A voice from an Oakland resident.
“My part of Oakland is full of poor people. There’s at least one murder a week. Old creeps pimp out teenaged girls in broad daylight. You can buy crack or heroin 30 feet from my door, and two of my neighbors have been held up at gun point this summer. And the City of Oakland says they don’t have the police to stop any of that. But a bunch of people protesting the fact that rich people got a bail out and everyone else got nothing? The city shuts them down tight. Bang. Done. Riot act. Do you ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated? I do. Every day.”
— el_gallo, found here.