Monday, November 28, 2011

Scott Olsen, Back with Occupy, Interview 27 Nov. 2011

Nov 28th, 2011 - Interview with Scott Olsen About His Injury from the Police Attack on Occupy Oakland: video
Pictured above: Scott Olsen stands with Tristan Anderson. Tristan Anderson is currently suing the Israeli Defense Forces for a head injury he sustained in March 2009 when he was hit in the head with a high-velocity tear gas canister fired by the military.

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Q-C residents gather help ex-Marine hurt at protest
Vern Linnenkamp from Silvis, gets a massage from Collin Decker of Davenport, Saturday, November 26, 2011, during the Scott Olsen benefit held at the Eagles Club in Davenport. (John Schultz / Quad-City Times)

November 26, 2011 - Chris Rice of Rock Island said he became physically ill when he first saw the video of former Moline resident Scott Olsen being struck in the head with what appeared to be either a gas canister or flash grenade fired by police at the Occupy Oakland event on Oct. 25.

Olsen, 24, a former Marine and Iraq War veteran and a member of Veterans for Peace, suffered a skull fracture leaving him for a time in critical condition, and impairing, maybe permanently, his ability to speak.

“I can’t believe that happened in my country,” said Rice, 43, an Army veteran. “It made me sick to see that. It just wrenched me. I felt total compassion for Scott.

“No matter what your opinion is, that should not happen in this country.”

Rice joined a couple of hundred people who gathered throughout the afternoon and evening Saturday at the Eagles Club in Davenport to help raise money to pay for Olsen’s medical bills. read more>>>

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