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Scott Olsen Press Conference Announces $4.5 M Settlement with Oakland for 2011 Shooting: video
by Dave Id
Friday Mar 21st, 2014 7:29 PM
On the evening of October 25, 2011, after the Oakland police department's pre-dawn raid on the Occupy Oakland encampment at Oscar Grant plaza and an afternoon rally and march with thousands of people protesting the raid, Oakland police released an insane amount of tear gas and flashbang grenades on the crowd at 14th and Broadway. Shortly after the massive attack began on the crowd in the intersection, an officer from OPD's Tango Team fired a bean bag round from a shotgun directly at Scott Olsen's face at close range. Scott instantly fell to the ground. Police have denied seeing him fall even though he was right in front of them. As other demonstrators and citizen medics gathered around Scott at the time, since he was semi-conscious and obviously needed assistance, Oakland police officer Robert Roche threw a flashbang teargas grenade at the group trying to help him. The injury to Scott's forehead was devastating and resulted in serious brain damage. Over two years later, Roche has been fired (he's currently appealing) but no other Oakland officer has been held accountable and District Attorney Nancy O'Malley has refused to pursue charges against any officers for the near-deadly assault. On March 21, however, Scott, National Lawyers Guild attorney Rachel Lederman, and civil rights attorney Jim Chanin announced a financial settlement with the City of Oakland for $4.5 million dollars. The press conference was held in front of City Hall, at the edge of Oscar Grant plaza, and within site of the spot where Scott was shot in the head in 2011. (Full press conference video below.)
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(Pictured: Scott Olsen and his legal team, Rachel Lederman, Jim Chanin, and Jacob Crawford of WeCopwatch)



For more information:

$4.5 Million Tentative Settlement Reached In Scott Olsen’s Lawsuit for “Less Lethal” Shooting by OPD
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/03/21/18752884.php
[includes 10-minute investigative case video: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/03/21/18752884.php#18752887]

Tristan Anderson and Scott Olsen Anti-War Panel, Oakland: audio & photos (October 2012)
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/10/28/18724680.php

Officer in Scott Olsen Incident Identified? Article and Video (February 2012)
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/02/22/18707905.php

Interview with Scott Olsen About His Injury from the Police Attack on Occupy Oakland: video (November 2011)
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/11/28/18701164.php

Occupy Oakland Veterans' March Against Police Brutality, 11/11/11: Video
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/11/12/18699030.php

Protester injured by Police projectile at Occupy Oakland march at city hall 10.25.11
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/10/25/18695124.php


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§Rachel Lederman
by Dave Id Friday Mar 21st, 2014 7:29 PM
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http://www.nlgsf.org
§Jim Chanin
by Dave Id Friday Mar 21st, 2014 7:29 PM
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http://www.jimchanin.com
§Scott Olsen
by Dave Id Friday Mar 21st, 2014 7:29 PM
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by Shastina Free
Saturday Mar 22nd, 2014 8:54 PM
THANK YOU SCOTT OLSEN, for your courage and your service in so many ways, to the people of this country and our world ... and for your VERY important work with the OCCUPY MOVEMENT, and the issues of violence and PEACE for US ALL, in America!!! ~ Wishing You All the Goodness of Life, Scott! Shastina Free (* I hope you will listen to my, "Thank You Song" (a FREE download) as a small token, to honor you. at: GracefulSpontaneousEvolution).