Marine Injured in Occupy Oakland Protests From Critical Condition to Fair

Author: Carole Di Tosti.
Published: October 27, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Scott Olsen, Occupy Oakland protest

Scott Olsen is a twenty-four year old Iraq war veteran and Wisconsin native who served in Iraq and then joined the Iraq Veterans Against War. The Marine Corps corporal joined the Occupy Oakland protest marchers who were attempting to "retake" Ogawa Plaza on October 25. He was in critical condition after his skull was fractured by a police projectile according to news reports. (International Business Times) 

His condition has been upgraded to Fair as of recent reports. (The Raw Story)

Though they hadn't received a formal complaint on Tuesday, a source near The Oakland Citizen's police review board said they would be "looking into" the events related to Olsen's injuries and over the next few days decide about an official investigation. (Adam Gabbatt, The Guardian)

But the word was out and Wednesday, police pulled down barricades near City Hall and had reduced their presence measurably. They said they would allow nightly demonstrations in the area until 10PM which they did last night, but there were still issues. (Kevin Fagan, JustinBerton, Demian Bulwa, San Francisco Chronicle)

"More than 1,500 and as many as 3,000 protesters responded Wednesday night by gathering at Frank Ogawa Plaza, where they voted to hold a citywide general strike on Nov. 2, when workers and students will be urged to stay home to show support of the Occupy movement." (Kevin Fagan, Justin Berton, Demian Bulwa, San Francisco Chronicle)

The Iraq Veterans Against War group said Olsen was a systems administrator at a San Francisco software firm who had joined the U.S. Marines in 2006 and was discharged after two tours in 2010.

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Article Author: Carole Di Tosti.

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