Scott Olsen / OccupyOakland: hoping for some accountability

Occupy Oakland’s wounded vet has regained consciousness but has temporarily lost the ability to speak: (via: andrewsullivan)

Olsen, 24, is communicating with friends and family at his bedside by writing notes, but his injury is believed to have damaged the speech centre of his brain, according to Keith Shannon, who served with Olsen in Iraq… “He cannot talk right now, and that is because the fracture is right on the speech center of his brain,” said Shannon. “However, they are expecting he will get that back.” Shannon added that Olsen’s “spelling is not near what it used to be”.

Let’s hope for some accountability:

OccupyMarines believes that either ESU Officer Scott Bergstresser threw the grenade that injured Scott Olsen or he knows who did. Let’s not let them give out another Tony Baloney punishment. (via: fearandwar)

ESU Officer Bergstresser who is being fingered as the guy who shot Scott Olsen. (via: fearandwar)

(Videos) Marine Vet Scott Olsen shot in the face with a tear gas canister by the Oakland PD

Video of the brutality of the Oakland police department and the wounding of Scott Olsen, a Marine veteran who survived two tours in Iraq, by the Oakland PD — on U.S. soil for demonstrating peacefully.



Here’s a screen grab of Scott standing with a Navy veteran right before the Oakland PD shot him in the face with a tear gas canister:
Scott Olsen

And after:

Scott Olsen, two-tour veteran of the Iraq war, was hit in the head by a tear-gas canister fired by police at Occupy Oakland, has a fractured skull, brain swelling and is in serious condition (via: whipporwill)

If the police claim Scott Olsen attacked them — THIS VIDEO may show differently. Olsen appears at 3:30 into the clip. 



Scott is currently in the hospital with a skull fracture and a swollen brain. There are unconfirmed reports he’s been placed in a medically-induced coma and is on a respirator. Let him know the world is watching:

Well wishes and cards can be sent to:

USMC Scott Olsen
Highland Hospital
1411 East 31st St.
Oakland CA 94602

via: kammakali

OWS: NOT the America we want to live in: OccupyOakland and Iraq veteran Scott Olsen

We are all Scott Olsen. OccupyOakland OWS

“I’m just absolutely devastated that someone who did two tours of Iraq and came home safely is now lying in a US hospital because of the domestic police force”

Occupy Oakland: Iraq war veteran in critical condition after police clashes / guardian.co.uk (via rachelfershleiser)

thepoliticalnotebook: This is truly atrocious. Scott Olsen, 23, served in Iraq twice with the Marines and is currently under sedation with a skull fracture and brain swelling after the Oakland police [shot] a tear gas canister at him. They threw a second as fellow demonstrators rushed to his aid.

for peace


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In response to the police brutality against peaceful American protesters –hereherehereherehereand here – military and police groups are forming to protect American citizens.

In fact, many in the military support the protests (and see this).

As of today, OccupyMarines, Occupy PoliceOccupy NavyOccupy Airforce, and Occupy Army have formed to protect the people against police brutality.

After Veterans for Peace member Scott Olsen – a Marine Corps veteran twice deployed to Iraq – was critically wounded in the Occupy Oakland protest, Occupy Marines tweeted:

WHEN YOU SHOOT ONE MARINE, YOU SHOOT AT ALL OF US. OORAH. Do It Peacefully Occupy We Stand In Solidarity

(via: paxamericana)

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Meanwhile at OccupyOakland: tear gas, flash grenades, and rubber bullets

occupywallstreet: Thousands gathered in front of Oakland’s City Hall this evening in response to last night’s violent police invasion and destruction of Occupy Oakland’s camp.

Tonight, police have again used tear gas, flash grenades and rubber bullets to forcefully disperse the lawful assembly by Oaklanders. Some injuries have been reported. We will have more information as it becomes available.

At this time, this appears to be the most violent police attack on protestors since the Occupy movement began.

itsthemusicpeople: And heeeeeere comes the tear gas #occupyoakland -@garonsen

screenshots from ABC 7 live helicopter coverage

America is looking a little more like Athens each day. Solidarity to all those in Oakland tonight.

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The Guardian: Police used teargas after scuffles broke out between officers and protesters demonstrating against dozens of arrests at an Occupy Wall Street camp in Oakland, California.

Photographs: Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty Images (top) Darryl Bush/AP (bottom)

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cognitivedissonance: From @schuyler: “A CS grenade, and two 12 ga shotgun shells purportedly used by the police to propel the beanbag bullets.#OccupyOakland

Video of teargas being shot into the OccupyOakland crowd: