*Warning* The following item contains graphic images which may not be suitable for some audience members. Viewer discretion is advised!!
On October 25th, 2011, the Occupy Oakland movement unfortunately turned violent. Earlier in the day, police used force to evict the Occupy Oakland camp, citing concerns over public safety and public health.
Later in the evening, as participants continued to express their frustrations and anger, the situation escalated with police using tear gas, flash bang (or “concussion”) grenades and rubber bullets. Tragically, one participant, USMC Scott Olsen was severely injured with a fractured skull.
To MSNBC’s credit, a video up on youtube has some of the raw footage from the events of October 25th. Please be aware: the content is graphic and may be disturbing to some audience members.
Regardless of personal views, opposition to the movement’s message, or other personal criticisms… this is one time and hopefully the last where all people from all walks of life need to unite. Scott served two tours, fighting for the freedoms we are now using, fighting to defend us from those who would seek to harm us…and has come home. I pray for his recovery and for his family, for his friends.
If you wish to send Scott letters of support, the net is abuzz with an address. I cannot verify its accuracy but here it is:
USMC Scott Olsen
1411 East 31st Street
Oakland, CA 94602
Best wishes Scott, an a deep thank you for your service.
Lest we forget.