Iraq War Veteran Still Recovering From Brain Injury After Being Hurt At Occupy Oakland Protest


Posted on 29th October 2011 by Gordon Johnson in Uncategorized

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Scott Olsen survived military duty in the war in Iraq, only to come home to be hit in the head by something allegedly thrown by police during last week’s Occupy Oakland protest.

As of Saturday, 24-year-old Olsen was in fair condition at Highland Hospital in Oakland, Calif., and is impoving, according to the San Francisco Examiner. The Daly City veteran “is breathing on his own and is able to write notes to doctors and loved ones, but has trouble articulating his words,” according to the Examiner.

Olsen, a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, was at an Occupy Oakland protest Tuesday when he was hit in the head with a projectile “that apparently came from police lines,” the newspaper reported. Olsen suffered a fractured skull and fell down on the ground.

Oakland police apparently made no effort to help Olsen. Some of the other protesters took him to Highland Hospital. The Examiner reported that Olsen was unconscious for 12 hours. His brain was bruised and has swelled.

On Friday Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan visited Olsen and his parents in the hospital. At a press conference, Jordan said he told them that he was sorry for had happened to Olsen. The chief added that there would be a review and internal investigation.

We’d like to be optimistic and believe that the cop culprit that hit Olsen will be found. We’d like to. 

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