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Interview with Scott Olsen About His Injury from the Police Attack on Occupy Oakland: video
by Dave Id
Twenty-four-year-old Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen joined with over one thousand others on the evening of October 25th to protest the pre-dawn police raid at Oscar Grant Plaza. As he stood wearing military fatigues alongside another veteran in a Navy uniform who he knew through Iraq Veterans Against the War, Scott Olsen was struck in his forehead by a police projectile fired from a distance of no more than twenty feet. Scott suffered a critical brain injury, remained in the hospital for weeks, and is still working to regain his full speech capabilities. Scott says that his thinking is clear but that he struggles to speak fluently. He currently awaits the results of an investigation into the incident being conducted by the Oakland Police Department, an investigation in which Scott himself has not yet been interviewed. There is no known investigation from Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley's office and Scott has not decided whether he will pursue civil action against Oakland authorities for his injury. Scott Olsen was interviewed in Oscar Grant Plaza on November 27th while a teach-in on reclaiming spaces was being held. [Video below]

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