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Recovering Scott Olsen Returns To Occupy Wall Street

Recovering Scott Olsen Returns To Occupy Wall Street

On October 25th, Scott Olsen, a 24 year-old military veteran who served two tours in Iraq, was seriously injured while protesting the Oakland Police Department’s pre-dawn raid of the Occupy Oakland encampment.

As he stood wearing military fatigues alongside another veteran in a Navy uniform who he knew through Iraq Veterans Against the War, Olsen was struck in his forehead by a police projectile fired from a distance of no more than twenty feet. His skull was fractured causing a critical brain injury that required several weeks of hospitalization, and he is still working to regain his full speech capabilities.

The Oakland Police Department claims that they are investigating the incident, but Olsen reports that they have yet to contact him for an interview about what happened.There is no known investigation from Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley’s office. Olsen has not decided whether he will pursue civil action against Oakland authorities for his injury.

Despite this obvious disregard for the rights and welfare American citizens, Olsen has already resumed his post at OWS, bravely continuing to uphold his oath to the Constitution and the people it protects.

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10:08AM PST on Dec 18, 2011

One of the variations of poems written by Martin Niemoller seems appropriate for this:

In Germany they first came for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me -
and by that time no one was left to speak up.

That's what the Occupy Movement says to each and everyone of us - if you don't speak up and take a stand now, there won't be anyone to help you later.

11:26AM PST on Dec 3, 2011

He is a brave young man! I'm glad he is better now and back seeking justice.

9:39PM PST on Dec 1, 2011

Glad he's back on his feet and back into the protests! I would support his move to seek justice!

9:30PM PST on Nov 30, 2011

~Mr. Olson deserves justice!!~He should definitly bring a civil suit against the city!!~

5:17PM PST on Nov 30, 2011

US Representative Barbara Lee claimed at the end of October that she is calling for an outside and independent investigation into the police reaction to the protesters.

5:15PM PST on Nov 30, 2011

US Representative Barbara Lee claimed at the end of October that she is calling for an outside and independent investigation into the police reaction to the protesters.

2:52PM PST on Nov 30, 2011

Scott should sue Oakland for every penny he can get from them. His oath is to the Constitution, not the government and certainly not the city of Oakland. The officer that fired the round that brought him down should also be sued and criminally prosecuted.

1:13PM PST on Nov 30, 2011

Scott is a real hero. Thank you for your service to our country both abroad and at home. Imagine this hero made it though serving our country in the military only to come home and be assulted by the police. Tramatic Brain Injury is a serious condition. Someone in the legal profession should come forward to help this young man.

1:09PM PST on Nov 30, 2011

I have pushed for more then a month for the Movement to advance to the next step. Yes, we have reclaimed of voice, but was that our only goal. The people, the 99% are waiting to see what comes now, they have yet to decide their role in the Movement.

Many of you have stated that you admire the struggle of the people of Egypt and Libya, yet, you cannot seize upon the fact that there is little difference. This nation has long been on a course that can only result in disaster.

Peter, speaks to the idea that the movement is, "destructive to both the Rule of Law and our already devastated Country."

Peter, the Movement is attempting to point out that the Nation is, in devastated. What question that remains...who and what is the cause for this devastation, certainly not the Movement. Perhaps, you should familiarize yourself with the phrase, "Don't shoot the messenger."

Let us push for an Arab Spring, of course, in our case, it will be an American Autumn.

1:07PM PST on Nov 30, 2011

Continued from below:

The time has come for us to realize an American Autumn, perhaps you know it by what you have seen in the Middle East, with the Arab Spring.

I can only suggest...embrace the Movement, make it yours.

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