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.