Iraq Vet Seriously Hurt in Oakland Protests

Occupy participant apparently got hit with a 'police projectile'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Suggested by JackNelsonSteward
Posted Oct 26, 2011 6:22 PM CDT

The police raid on Occupy Oakland last night has left one of the demonstrators in serious condition with a fractured skull. He is identified as two-time Iraq war vet Scott Olsen, 24, and he apparently got hit with some kind of police projectile, maybe a tear gas canister, reports the Oakland Tribune. Several people were hit by projectiles and overcome with gas, including members of the media, notes the Tribune.

"This poor guy was right behind me when he was hit in the head with a police projectile," a photographer at the scene tells the Guardian. "He went down hard and did not get up." A friend of Olsen's at the hospital tells the newspaper, "I'm just absolutely devastated that someone who did two tours of Iraq and came home safely is now lying in a US hospital because of the domestic police force." A YouTube video of last night's unrest shows protesters carrying an injured man, apparently Olsen, from the scene. Click for more. (More Oakland stories.)

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