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Tue May 29, 2012, 06:54 PM

77. Yes. Nearly killed him.


Veteran Scott Olsen Could Be The First Person To Die At A Wall Street Protest

Linette Lopez and Robert Johnson|October 26, 2011

Scott Olsen survived two tours of Iraq, but his life could be over after being critically injured by a police projectile at Occupy Oakland, The Guardian reports. He's 24 years old.

As we know, Occupy Oakland got incredibly ugly this week as police tried to remove protesters from their camp in front of City Hall by using tear gas, fire crackers, and rubber bullets.

Olsen suffered a head injury on Tuesday night, and is now in critical condition in Oakland's Highland Hospital. Jay Finneburgh, a photographer on the scene, managed to witness and take pictures of the incident. Police policy specifically prohibits the firing of these weapons at a person's head.

...


At first, Doctors told Olsen's friends that he was in critical, but stable condition. Now they're being told that his skull has been fractured and his brain is beginning to swell. Neurologists are in the process of determining whether or not he will require surgery.


http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-10-26/wall_street/30323723_1_oakland-police-critical-condition-rubber-bullets





Scott Olsen, Iraq Vet Hurt by OPD Projectile: "I'm Not Alright."

—By Gavin Aronsen
| Tue May. 1, 2012 11:13 AM PDT

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It was two and a half weeks before Olsen could speak at all, and about a month "before I was comfortable speaking," he told me. "It took a while." Olsen, who is in his mid-twenties, is now out of formal therapy and has been focusing on activities involving Iraq Veterans Against The War. In the meantime, he has filed a claim against the City of Oakland, which is "already playing games," he says. "The police department is blatantly at fault." He is optimistic, he adds, because "I have the support of the people."

So, is he okay? "I'm not alright," he replies. "I'm good enough to do stuff like this."

He explains that still has PTSD from Iraq, and still has a brain injury from the OPD incident. ....


http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2012/05/scott-olsen-occupy-oakland-may-day




Scott Olsen, U.S. Vet Who Nearly Lost Life at Occupy Protest, Brings Antiwar Message to NATO Summit
Monday, May 28, 2012

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AMY GOODMAN: And so, you ended up in the hospital. And how long were you in the hospital? And how long were you able—so you had a fractured skull.

SCOTT OLSEN: Right. So I went to the hospital. I was in the hospital for two-and-a-half weeks. I could not talk while I was in the hospital until the last few days, when I regained that—starting to be able to talk again. And I had neurosurgery and skull reconstruction surgery. So it was very, you know, hard to be in the hospital, and it was a lot to go through. But I’m really—I’m really glad that I really committed myself to getting better.

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AMY GOODMAN: So you were wearing a black, shiny helmet.

SCOTT OLSEN: Right, I was wearing a helmet for my safety. And I have to do that every time I go out to a protest where there’s a threat of violence from the police.

AMY GOODMAN: Because?

SCOTT OLSEN: Well, because they have been using violence across the country, and they still do, and people are still getting hurt. And—

AMY GOODMAN: And if you get hit again in the head?

SCOTT OLSEN: Right. Like, since I had a recent brain injury, another hit would probably be deadly or cause much more damage, so I really can’t take that risk.

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http://www.democracynow.org/2012/5/28/scott_olsen_us_vet_who_nearly#transcript



Calling Olsen just "a guy who got hit in the head and fell down" is far from the truth.

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