Marine Veteran and Occupy Protester Beaten By Police Will Receive $4.5 Million

By MBD March 22, 2014, Political Blind Spot   ​Back in October of 2011, a United States military veteran was critically injured by police during an Occupy Wall Street protest. The Marine, 26-year-old Scott Olsen will be awarded $4.5 million by the city of Oakland, California. Attorneys for Olsen, said on Friday that this will resolve a federal lawsuit filed after the incident, when Olsen joined nearly 1,000 other demonstrators in protesting the local police department’s forced removal of Occupy activists from a nearby city park. As the protesters marched through downtown, Olsen was shot in the head with a non-lethal projectile fired by a still-unidentified police officer. A nearby hospital diagnosed him with a fractured skill, broken neck vertebrae as well as swelling of the brain.  Olsen had served two tours in Iraq between 2006 and 2010. After returning stateside, he joined the Iraq Veterans Against the War.  “It’s...

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