Occupy participant and Iraq war vet hospitalized; violence in Oakland

27 Oct

*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.

USMC Scott Olsen, critically injured on Oct 25th in Oakland, California

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
Highland Hospital
1411 East 31st Street
Oakland, CA 94602

Best wishes Scott, an a deep thank you for your service.

Lest we forget.

-by mike_yyc


5 Responses to “Occupy participant and Iraq war vet hospitalized; violence in Oakland”

  1. Liana Zidzik February 18, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    magnificent post, very informative. I wonder why the other experts of this sector do not notice this. You should continue your writing. I’m sure, you have a huge readers’ base already!

    • vickypenny March 25, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

      Thanks. We are working on getting things current and updated.

  2. mike_yyc October 29, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    Update from The Guardian:

    Scott Olsen, the Iraq war veteran who suffered serious head injuries after being hit by a projectile fired by police during the Occupy Oakland protests, has woken up and is lucid as he awaits surgery, hospital officials and family members have said.


  3. akismet-3fd24c031ff8b11e39bdb061e801585e October 28, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    Update from Sacramento News indicates an investigation is being launched into the events of October 25th and the injuries Mr. Olsen sustained; from other media searches the general story is that Scott has been upgraded to “fair” and breathing on his own.

    The previous address has been confirmed by multiple media outlets; your warm wishes and prayers are most welcome!


  4. mikke_yyc October 27, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    An update from the Sacramento News:

    A hospital spokesman says the 24-year-old veteran and Wisconsin native, Scott Olsen, was upgraded to fair condition and moved into an intensive care unit on Thursday.

    Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/10/27/4011347/vet-injured-in-oakland-protest.html#ixzz1c0RMboiw


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