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Oakland riot cops surround the protesters. (Source: Noah Berger, special to the Chronicle)
OAKLAND, CA — After two and a half years of suffering caused by brain and neck injuries caused by the aggression of Oakland police, a man has finally received compensation in a settlement with the city. The violent officers, however, have never been identified, reprimanded, or brought to justice in any meaningful way.
The incident dates back to October 25th, 2011. Citizens were protesting the perceived injustices in their government in what was called an Occupy Oakland rally, which involved day-and-night occupation of the public square. Cops clad in riot gear had fenced them off and surrounded the rally armed with rubber bullets, teargas grenades, and a variety of other weapons they were sanctioned to use at will on the American people.
A cop excitedly raises his shotgun toward demonstrators at the Oakland rally. Oct. 25, 2011. (Source: Noah Berger, Special to the Chronicle)
There had been numerous clashes between protesters and police throughout the day, involving unruliness among the protesters and brutality among the police. Regardless, the rally continued on with more than 1,000 participants.
Toward the evening, a group of U.S. military veterans lined up to show their support at the rally. Among them was then-24-year-old Scott Olsen, a Wisconsin native who had served two tours in Iraq in the United States Marine Corps. Fences separated him from the riot cops, who menaced from only yards away.
Scott Olsen (right) standing perfectly calm and still moments before being struck in the head with a teargas grenade. (Source: YouTube)
That’s when the riot cops began gassing the crowd. As Olsen stood, calmly and without threatening anyone, he was struck in the skull by a
teargas grenade launched deliberately by the Oakland police. Olsen dropped to the ground instantly and remained motionless. He had suffered a severe injury.
More than a dozen concerned individuals rushed into help Olsen, who was now bleeding profusely from the forehead, as chemical irritants polluted the air all around. No police officers budged …read more