Former Marine Wounded During Occupy Wall Street Oakland Listed in Critical Condition
October 27, 2011 – Iraq War Marine Veteran Scott Olsen, 24 of Oakland, California was rushed to the hospital during Wednesday night’s police action against protesters, his condition has been listed as critical.
In what members of the movement describe, as an intentional act of aggression towards the crowd, several members’ sustained injuries from minor to severe during the rally. According to some accounts, officers began lobbing teargas canisters, and firing rubber bullets as the crowd attempted to march in downtown Oakland.
Extreme excessive use of force is no stranger in this town as, Oakland suffered from days of violence and unrest following the accidental shooting on a subway platform by a former member of the Bay Area Transportation system.
Occupy Wall Street members have voiced concerns that this may set precedence along with police actions in Atlanta, against the movement and have now confirmed beliefs for their personal safety and lives.
Counter rallies were held overnight in NYC regarding this incident. NYPD barricaded city hall last evening in fear of reprisals from the otherwise peaceful demonstrators.