UPDATE - Occupy Protester Shot By Oakland Police Is Scott Olsen, A Marine Vet With 2 Tours In Iraq (PHOTOS)
A U.S. Marine veteran is in a critical condition in hospital tonight after being injured by a police gas canister during last night's Occupy Oakland protests, which saw running battles break out between authorities and protesters as a crowd tried to reclaim an encampment.
Scott Olsen, 24, of Daly City, California, an Iraq veteran and member of Veterans for Peace, suffered a skull fracture and brain swelling after being hit in the head during the riots. Officers had cleared the site of demonstrators around 12 hours earlier in a dawn raid where at least 85 people were arrested.
The injured man is Scott Olsen, a Marine Corps veteran twice deployed to Iraq and member of Veterans for Peace. He is in the hospital now in stable but serious condition with a fractured skull, struck by a police projectile (believed to be a tear gas cannister) fired into the crowd.
After protesters run to the aid of the injured Marine, Oakland Police deliberately throw a flash grenade into the crowd. Whatever you think of the Occupy movement, police behavior of this kind is criminal and should be prosecuted.
Address for the hospital where Scott Olsen is recovering, if you wish to send a card.
1411 E. 31st Street
Oakland, CA 94602