Scott Olsen, a two-time Iraq war veteran and member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, was protesting with Occupy Oakland when he sustained a skull fracture after being shot in the head with what appeared to be a police tear gas canister (video below).
As Olsen was carried away, he was bloody and unable to respond when asked his name. He is currently sedated at a local hospital awaiting examination by a neurosurgeon and is in “critical condition," according to The Guardian.
Keith Shannon, who deployed with Olsen to Iraq, said: “Scott was marching with the 99% because he felt corporations and banks had too much control over our government, and that they weren’t being held accountable for their role in the economic downturn, which caused so many people to lose their jobs and their homes."
Police in Oakland last night repeatedly clashed with demonstrators who refused to disperse, after every one of their repeated assemblies were declared illegal.
Early Tuesday morning, hundreds of police officers surrounded protesters at their small tent city in Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. The police fired tear gas and beanbag rounds to clear the protesters, and arrested 97 people.
The two week-long demonstration was broken up, according to police, because of “continued violations of the law” including “numerous reports of fighting, assault, threatening and intimidating behavior.”
The Occupy Oakland protesters regrouped later that night and marched towards City Hall in an effort to reclaim the site.
Police claimed that some protesters threw rocks, bottles and fireworks at them, which resulted in the declaration of an unlawful assembly and the order to disperse. When the protesters refused to leave, police fired tear gas into the crowd. More than 100 were reportedly arrested Tuesday night. Two officers were reportedly injured.