As “Occupy” movements swell across the country, it seems local police are becoming increasingly violent in their attempts to restrain the generally peaceful protestors. One of the most devistating incidents yet took place at Occupy Oakland yesterday, when a Marine was critically injured by a police projectile. Only 24 years old, Scott Olsen survived two tours in Iraq only to be fighting for his life while participating in a non-violent protest.
Business Insider reports that Oakland Police claim Olsen may have been injured after trying to attack them, but judging from this video (he appears at 3:30), that doesn’t seem to be the case:
After Olsen fell to the ground, a police officer threw a flash grenade into the crowd of people who attempted to come to his aid. He is currently said to have suffered a skull fracture and swelling of the brain. One of Olsen’s fellow Marine men posted this heartbreaking picture of his response to his “brother’s” injury. These are truly disturbing times we are living in.