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VIDEO - Marine Scott Olsen Moments Before He Was Shot By The Oakland Police, Olsen Now In 'Critical' Condition

If the police claim that Scott Olsen attacked them, show them this clip.

Olsen remains in critical condition.  Officials at Highland Hospital in Oakland are refusing further comment at this time.  At first, Doctors told Olsen's friends that he was stable.  Now they're being told that his skull has been fractured and his brain is beginning to swell. Neurologists are in the process of determining whether or not he will require surgery.

According to Keith Shannon, a friend who served with Olsen in Iraq, Olsen was shot in the head with a tear gas or smoke canister, and he has the scar to prove it.  Police policy specifically prohibits the firing of these weapons at a person's head.

Meanwhile, Oakland police admit that they used tear gas and baton rounds, but have denied the use of flash bang grenades (even though this video shows conclusively that an officer lobbed a flash grenade into the crowd attending to Olsen).

Olsen hails from Wisconsin, served tours of Iraq in 2006 and 2007, and is active in both Veterans for Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War.

Address for the hospital where Scott Olsen is recovering, if you wish to send a card.

Highland Hospital
1411 E. 31st Street
Oakland, CA 94602


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One would think that an experienced US marine would have enough common sense to avoid hanging around with this mob of morons...
Oct 27, 2011 at 2:16 PM | Unregistered CommenterGene
Oh yeah Gene. So throwing an explosive device into an unarmed crowd shows common sense. You make me sick.
Oct 27, 2011 at 2:35 PM | Unregistered Commenterchunga

Time for an eye exam. The "mob of morons" wore police uniforms, lobbing gernades and fired on unarmed protesters--criminal acts. Scott Olsen was exercising his constitutional rights under the first amendment.
Oct 27, 2011 at 2:39 PM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
What's especially tragic here is that the Oakland ordinace that had the cops all riled up is most likely unconstitutional on its face. Occupy Cleveland went to federal court and got an injunction striking down the curfew there.

Oct 27, 2011 at 3:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
This is what you get when you have your police chiefs gwt "special" training...in Israel
Oct 27, 2011 at 3:51 PM | Unregistered Commenterrobertsgt40
The video is down. Is there another link? I've heard that pressure is being brought for youtube and vimeo to remove evidence of police brutality. Hope that is not what has happened here. The still is very clear, however. They must have aimed directly at him.

Looking forward to going out and gathering signatures to recall Mayor Quan as I am a resident of Oakland.

Thank you for this site; much appreciated.
Oct 27, 2011 at 4:48 PM | Unregistered CommenterBunny Watson
Video "not available". Wonder who's censoring?
Oct 27, 2011 at 5:17 PM | Unregistered Commenterrobertsgt40
Does this clip show the same footage?
Oct 27, 2011 at 5:18 PM | Registered CommenterDr. Pitchfork
STFU, [inbred] Gene[s], and GTFO this site. While you're at it, please go take a smoke canester to your face. It could only help what passes for your intelligence.


DB Fan
Oct 27, 2011 at 5:32 PM | Unregistered CommenterDB Fan
@Gene Anybody who says that a movement that started in one city a few months ago and has rapidly spread across the globe is a movement of morons has taken the side of the 1% of lowlifes who subvert humanity and has therefore set aside his own humanity. I hope your identity becomes known but it probably won't. When this is all over and a new world has been created after the 1% have been dealt with, you will probably be out there waving your OWS flag with Scott Olsen, you lowlifw scumbag......
Oct 27, 2011 at 7:27 PM | Unregistered CommenterAndy
Oct 27, 2011 at 7:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterNONE
Hillary Clinton's words sound so preposterously irrelevant
when back home the Oakland mayor's expressions reveal
a disregard for American rights, including the Right to
Assembly, and worse still, she laid bare a feeling
those special people, who were in fact vindicating those
rights, were not her equal.

The mayor's utterances should be communicated to Secretary
Clinton, and she should immediately repudiate them.

But, now I wonder if Mr. Obama made Hillary Clinton Foreign Secretarty so
as to get her out of the country.

InternetKill SwitchSoon,? supports Dennis Kucinich for Democratic
Presidential nominee for 2012.
Oct 27, 2011 at 9:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterInternetKill SwitchSoon,?
If the dumbasses in charge of the police keep ordering them to attack protesters and the police keep following illegal orders, they will eventually piss off a Veteran who will eliminate them.

Think about that you fascist morons.

Pray for Scott Olsen like your life depends on it.

Semper fi!!!
Oct 27, 2011 at 10:59 PM | Unregistered CommenterPissed Off Veteran
Come on America baby wake up!! WAKE UP!!!! WAKE UP!!!!!!............AND SHE's DOING IT TO
Oct 27, 2011 at 11:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterMad As Hell

Thanks for the Cleveland link on curfews. Very important and something I hadn't seen.
Oct 27, 2011 at 11:07 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
I just called the hospital in Oakland, (510) 437-4800
After a 5 minute wait I was disconnected.
Up until last night I didn't pay much attention to these protests. That has all changed now. Now its getting Personal!!!!

I Pray Scott will be OK.
Oct 27, 2011 at 11:34 PM | Unregistered CommenterSuper Ed
Scott is conscious and responsive and his parents are here with him now; this according to the Huffington Post at 7:45 pm tonight. He is breathing on his own and can write some but is having trouble with speech. The parents have asked for no visitors and I'm sure the hospital is getting a ton of calls. Scott is not out of the woods although this is excellent news. Keep up your prayers and juju!

And keep your eyes on the OPD. Best be getting to that investigation posthaste!
Oct 28, 2011 at 12:15 AM | Unregistered CommenterBunny Watson
HOORAH Corporal Owens, this will not go unanswered, you can count on that. The powers that be already see the folly of what they have done here and are trying to backpedal like crazy. Your brothers at arms are here for you. This will NOT be repeated, many veterans stand by with force of arms in necessary.

Simper FI
Non sibi sibi patriae
Always be loyal to your country but NEVER confuse country with government.
Oct 28, 2011 at 12:24 AM | Unregistered CommenterJames USN Vet
Just cause someone was in the service does not elevate them to a higher social standing. The cops were ordering these people to leave for very good reason. Many regular folks were pretty fed up with the traffic, and obstruction and harassment these out of work idiots were causing everyday not to mention the garbage and stink.

You have the right to assemble not Occupy. I have also seen too many reports were these morons are incapable of accepting any facts regarding the financial and foreign policy messes we are in and how Obama is responsible. Nor are they able to accept the fact of the Uber banksters helping to shape Obama's policies. The uber elite have always had their hand in the rise of dictators and Socialist/Communist regimes. The 99% get an equal share of poverty and the stripping of their rights and the uber elite take even more for themselves including unrestricted power. Wake up OWSers you are being duped!!!
Oct 28, 2011 at 8:49 AM | Unregistered Commentereflatblues
The police kowtow to the Judaic Zionist New World Order. They will do anything to protect their comfortable middle class life style, even if at the expense of the oppressed American middle and lower economic classes. Nothing in the world is going to threaten their daily visits to Duncan Donuts for coffee and donuts.
Oct 28, 2011 at 11:03 AM | Unregistered CommenterT. Moore
Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.
I bet no one remebers the Bonus Army when the Government attacked 8,000 veterans.http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=3118
Do you really think that the respect these men they use to break things and kill people?If they are not under command of the
bribed worms of Washington DC,then they are just useless eaters.Without their guns supplied by the Federal Government then they are no different than anyone else.
I think they are foolish to be involved with this movement.
Look at who is running it...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrrCcdKtQK4&feature=relmfu
Can people give up their TV,Superbowl,Celebrities ? No they just want to stand around like brats who say I want it cuz I want it.
Well America,do you believe that you deserve your liberty?
I don't think so.America has been kidnapped and has tape over it's mouth with it's hands and feet bound by a serial killer prostitute government that serves International Corporations like Serco
So you talk to the their prostitute government instead of the pimp,and expect the prostitute which used to be your wife to respect your wishes.
You're government has been whoring for a couple of decades and you want it to all of the sudden pay attention to you cuz you said so and you are standing in the street.Oh boy I bet the government is scared.
You didn't get in this position overnight and it won't go away overnight because you're standing on the street.
Try and find footage of the cops beating the peopple in the Depression of the 30's.
They expect you to go out there and be easy targets.
We instituted the Glass Steagall act so they couldn't pull whata they pulled again.
Where were the protesters when Glass Steagall was eliminated by Clinton,when they first started to let the air out of your tires?
They were looking at their porn,and sports,Hollywood demoralization filth and being sexy.They could have cared less.
Now that the air is completely out of your tires you don't like it.
This is the rod for the backs of fools.
When a serial killer has his victim tied up and gagged in his basement the victims write around and want to be free!
It's a little too late then.
Nobody is going to use their brains here,so expect more.
Hopefully the country will go into chaos and leave the country open for foreign invaders.There are LOADS of private military corporations that have killers that will do anything for a buck.
They will be more than happy to make some money kicking your butts.Mercenaries make more than soldiers.
Why didn't anyone "protest"the government contracting out our military to private interests?
They were selfish and self absorbed and afraid of being conspiracy kooks!
Here's a KGB agent in 1983 warning you about subversion,demoralization and where it would lead you.
Now you're there.
Everyone wants freedom.But the KGB agent claims the subversion's top priority was to get your God from you.
You accept gay soldiers and marriages and every other god under the sun.
And you and your OPEN mind deserve freedom?
America is immoral godless and rudderless.
Cry all ya want ya babies.
They say Hillary is more popular than ever!
Why don't you french kiss her subversive cellulite can because what she has been doing with your money is coming home to roost.
Get rid of Facebook,fill it with erroneous info and dump it,Get rid of Twitter,don't allow them to read your e mind.
Get rid of the UN and the Federal Reserve,and it's ugly stepsister the IMF.
Boycott all professional bread and games sports.Cancel your cable/satellite TV,quit going to Hollywood movies.
That is where you are being subverted.
Take your towns back and get rid of Agenda 21 programs.Think LOCALLY and act globally.The opposite of the UN's operating procedure.
Or not! If you don't then the UN has a nice new religion for you where Lucifer is equal to Buddha,Vishnu and Jesus.
All immigrants go back to your perspective countries with your KINSMEN because the mixing up of all the nations makes you weak.
Diversity is NOT strength.
That's another lie that got people where they are at.
There can't be global conquest if people stay in their own nations and stand up for each others kinsmen,and customs.
The devil is the author of confusion,and diversity is confusion.
PROUD Rudderless immoral self absorbed jellyfish DO NOT Deserve Freedom and or liberty.
That is why you were indoctrinated to be rudderless immoral open minded jellyfish.
I'm sure John Wayne Gacy's victims wanted freedom before they were killed as they were tied up in his basement.
Turn back to God everyone back to your own nations and fight for your kinsmen who have the same beliefs and customs
and stand firm.
The people you surrendered your liberty to you believe are experts and authorities claim the planet is overpopulated.
They poison your food with GMO screwing up God's perfect food,radiate you with your brain tumor phones,and send your sons off to die in miilitary costumes.
They tell you to be PROUD !
Well pride is one of the 7 deadly sins.
So be as proud as the devil! Pride precedes a fall and you don't like it? Too bad for you.You bought into it.
Learn humility and if you are humble you'll not stumble.
But we're too proud for that huh?
Enjoy the rod for the backs of fools and go get another plateful of delicious whoopazz again and again and march around Mt Zion one more time till you finally figure it out.

Take your own communities back.Quit giving them what they want.You are demonstrating to them they own you.
They have the dumbed down masses acting like dark ages oafs.

You have useful idiots uneducated fools who have gone through the woeful US education system being led to slaughter.
Oct 28, 2011 at 11:17 AM | Unregistered CommenterSnappy Sammy Smoot
Oakland police were trained by Israel
Oct 28, 2011 at 11:18 AM | Unregistered CommenterAmerikagualg
DISSOLVE THE FED!!! Hang the banksters!
Oct 28, 2011 at 11:20 AM | Unregistered CommenterFoonyah
Very nice! Keep up the good work. At the Boston rally, Chomsky recently said that Western countries will not return to fascism. It was tried in the early 20th century, but failed due to a deluge of protest. So, what we have today is a police state under the label of democracy. Not really fascism, per se, but it sure isn't "democracy."
Oct 28, 2011 at 11:42 AM | Unregistered CommenterTapolna
CRAZY cops. The BANKERS obliterated our economy, the politicians protect the BANKERS

Oct 28, 2011 at 1:52 PM | Unregistered CommenterFinancial Crisis
This is a tragedy, of that there is no doubt. It does appear that the police are too aggressive here and certainly where some of the fault lies. I say some of the fault because I believe that those individuals who have by verbal comments, payments to demonstrators, encouragements, etc., have now been guilty of inciting a riot, are also guilty of causing this and other problems, like some of the sexual assaults that are not being reported. These people who glamorize this mass of seething anger are equally at fault and legally culpable for inciting to riot. I hope the police are held responsible, but for a brief moment, put yourselves in their shoes and realize how nervous, even frightened that some of these young officers might be in a situation like this. Most are just hopeful they will make it home safely to their wives and kids when their shift is over. They have most likely never been seasoned in a situation like this, are vastly outnumbered and none of them want to be doing this. EQUAL FAULT lies with people like our president, congress woman Pelosi, Celebrities like Michael Moore, Susan Serandon, make believe news commentators like Keith Obamaman and of course the union leaders trying to convert the mixed bag of anger, that we all feel and sympathize with to some degree, to their own personal cause. I hope that subsequent legal actions by any harmed individuals include all of these above mentioned people. There is no doubt that they are equally responsible for things getting out of hand and a peaceful protest turns to a riot.
Oct 28, 2011 at 1:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterThe Voice of Reason
None of that justifies the police violating their own policy (as well as our civil rights and our First Amendment right to peaceful assembly). Nor does it justify this ATTACK against Scott Olsen. They aimed at his head. At close range. This was an intentional act by SOMEone (who will probably be protected by his colleagues - surely the cops in that group know what went down). And THEN, they used an (illegal!) flash-bang grenade at close range, to attack him further and to prevent people helping him. Disgusting. We will not let this drop. If the cops are "scared" then why go in and try tro strong-arm people in the first place? And the mayor didn't even know what was going on? Police state? I know it sounds harsh and I'd have never said it a week ago, but have you seen the videos?
I live in Oakland so this is all very personal to me on that level as well.
Oct 28, 2011 at 2:01 PM | Unregistered CommenterBunny Watson
Tapolna, You are truly deceived! It is obvious by your comments that you have never lived in a true police state country! In fact, I doubt you have ever even visited one! On our worst day here in America, even under Obama, it is better than the best day almost anywhere else and certainly much better than any true police state! I fear that fools like you will truly damage this country beyond repair, but I shall continue to hope for sliver of truth to stick on its way through the space between your ears!

To the idiot who clains Oakland Police were trained by the Israelis, you too are a fool! On the other hand, who better than a people with experience dealing with terrorists to train forces to keep misfits under control. Demonstrating is one thing, (as evidenced by the Tea Party protests), but disruption, vandalism, crime and filth are another. The right to free and peaceful assembly is a right that is being abused the moment a crime is committed! Where do your rights to assemble cross over my rights to not have to live with your noise, filth and criminal behavior?
Oct 28, 2011 at 2:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterThe Voice of Reason
I hope that in this city the book "Unintended Consequences" comes true! It would be justice!
Oct 28, 2011 at 2:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterBJ
Well Bunny, every group protects their own as evidenced by the OWS wanting to establish their own heirarchy of conduct. Advising people in the group with complaints to not report them to authorities, but rather to a make-shift group of vigilantes inside the OWS group. You may hang onto this issue and that is what the sponsors of this radical movement want, but I will tell you as one who initially had most of the same complaints and thus sympathy for the movement, I can no longer be supportive in any way. It is out of hand and on the verge of people getting hurt and I am not just talking about Mr. Ogden. I am talking about many people and anyone who thinks this is what they want is only fooling themselves or listening to the people inciting these riotous groups.

I can tell from your comments that I have lived longer than you and as a result have experienced things you have not yet experienced. I hope that some of those things you will never need to experience, but I also hope that you might begin to see both sides of this argument. I have watched daily as this disorganized group of largely unwashed, uneducated and unhappy group has expressed their displeasure against everything, (actually "everything"), to some of the more tangible and real issues that I believe we as Americans and taxpayers can all relate to. However, now there are too many people who want this to erupt and they are not, I hope, on the side of the Police. On the other hand, I never thought I would live to see the day when this country would have a president who would agitate racial issues or a class warefare, as I have seen. I disagree with the policies, but cannot escape being called a racist simply because he happens to be half black! I even supported him in '08, but soon realized what HIS idea of "Change" was. Travel the world Bunny, it is a better education than you will ever receive at any liberal university! You will return home to Oakland and anywhere in this incredible country with a much greater appreciation for what you are taking for granted.

Bottom line, peaceful assembly and demonstrations are permitted under certain restrictions! You may not assemble anywhere, anytime! If you want to invite everyone to your home or business and have them assemble there then you have more rights than when you want to assemble and demonstrate in front of my home or business. FAILURE TO UNDERSTAND THAT OTHERS HAVE RIGHTS AS WELL is a major issue here! I have always taken the position that my rights end at the end of my nose and yours begin at your nose. Whatever space lies between them is common ground and governed by a mutual respect for one another when in a public place. Failure on the part of either party to recognize personal rights and give mutual respect on common ground will very often result in unhappy consequences. Everything has a consequence, both intended and unintended, but realization of this critical fact does not often sink in until a person matures beyond a certain number of years. When the authorities want an area cleared so they can clean the filth and stench created by unruly mobs then it is the mob who is in violation and if they refuse to remove themselves! In such a case, they must understand there are consequences! That said, if an investigation reveals proof that this was an intentional attack on Mr. Ogden then I hope the officer, (s) responsible will be appropriately punished.
Oct 28, 2011 at 3:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterThe Voice of Reason
Makes you want to stat shooting back at the police that are protecting the criminals in Washington.. Maybe that is what Obama wants.
Oct 28, 2011 at 3:11 PM | Unregistered CommenterEmery
After Mayor Quan ends her term of office watch the Feds offer her a job. She's got the proven killer instinct.
Oct 28, 2011 at 3:56 PM | Unregistered Commenterj r
Voice of Reason writes, with no supporting citation at all: "peaceful assembly and demonstrations are permitted under certain restrictions! You may not assemble anywhere, anytime!"

By contrast, the black letter of the first amendment says:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

Where in the foregoing language, VoR, do you find any support for your ipsedixitism?
Oct 28, 2011 at 4:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
You can tell nothing about me from my comments except that we disagree. I am a small business owner who has lived in Oakland for over a decade. Who the hell are you?
Oct 28, 2011 at 4:21 PM | Unregistered CommenterBunny Watson
@Cheyenne - ipsedixitism - now that is a cool looking word.. wonder what it means.

An ipse-dixitism or bare assertion is an unsupported or dogmatic assertion; it is a term sometimes used to point out a missing argument.

Oct 28, 2011 at 4:39 PM | Unregistered CommenterMike

I picked up that word and maybe 10 others like it in law school, which ran me about $3600 in tuition over three years. I paid good money for that word, damnit.
Oct 28, 2011 at 4:56 PM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
Thanks for using it for the forces of good. :-)
I truly believe we will win this in the courtroom, while peacefully refusing to sit down and shut up. Irvine and Cleveland are very encouraging! Also read a great article about the Bonus Army recently.
Oct 28, 2011 at 5:29 PM | Unregistered CommenterBunny Watson
was this the first shot of America's second revolution? Why should we play by the rules while the elites corrupt our entire nation, economy, culture and way of life? Thomas Jefferson himself believes that it is up to the common citizen to defend his country from tyranny. You know what? He was totally fucking right.
Oct 28, 2011 at 5:39 PM | Unregistered CommenterMayor Quan's Bitch
The position of Police officer is not a high enough paying postion hence it attracts people who would otherwise be picking up garbage or cleaning toilets.
Oct 29, 2011 at 1:15 AM | Unregistered CommenterCarnaugh
I guess, since you all are afraid of the people in those black militant looking wear, you should give up.

Yes it's true that someone gotta stand up against them.. Someone will go berserk sooner or later.. and start doing some serious damage if not already.

Proof of injury to Scott Olsen- Serious enough to warrant possible retaliation against the officers? I have not seen one bit about the people having their own flash bang grenades, night sticks, etc???? Use those same tools against them too and see how they feel about it.
Oct 29, 2011 at 4:53 AM | Unregistered CommenterJake
I am sickened by this. What has happened to my country?
Oct 29, 2011 at 8:49 AM | Unregistered CommenterMike
Mike, It was slowly and methodically stolen from you (and the rest of us).
Oct 29, 2011 at 9:23 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn [snip]
Even if you buy into the lie that the rubber bullet wasn't aimed at the head, how do you possibly excuse the rat cop who threw the canister right into the midst of that small crowd who came to Olsen's assistance?
Oct 29, 2011 at 1:09 PM | Unregistered Commenterbammbamm
As an actual resident of Oakland, I would appreciate it if you folks would lay off the incendiary rhetoric. I appreciate and share your outrage. But inciting violence plays right into the police's desire for a crackdown.

We will win this by staying peaceful, not giving up, and fighting in Court. If you really care, stay peaceful. We do not have the right to throw shit at the cops, and whenever anyone chooses to, it gives them the opportunity to brutalize us - and it is never the provocateurs who suffer, it is always the peaceful protesters.

So unless you are trying to stir shit and get us all into a violent morass which the cops WILL come out on top of, lay off. Thank you. I am just as outraged as you, but we must win this in the long term. And we CAN, if we do not stoop to violence!
Oct 29, 2011 at 1:27 PM | Unregistered CommenterBunny Watson
The freedom of speech and the peaceably assemble are NOT a right they are a DUTY !

because: ......."IN ORDER TO FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION",........... Sounds like the founding fathers, ORDERED us to PERFECT the Union, or at least protest the deterioration of it. So when you call yourself American and you find yourself confronted with a situation whereby the Union is or has been deteriorated, you have NO CHOICE but to open your mouth. Maybe polite at first, but eventually you have to force the issue by redressing the "deterioration of the Union". When that interferes with the (perceived) "rights" of other Americans to dream on. They should be (politely) reminded of their DUTIES under the constitution.

The referred to "UNWASHED" and "UNEDUCATED" are taking their AMERICAN responsibility serious. So either help by explaining WHY or WHAT they are doing wrong. Or step out of the God Dam Friggin way.

I apologise for the crude language.
Oct 29, 2011 at 3:18 PM | Unregistered Commenterfliteshare

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