- by Kristina Chew
- October 26, 2011
- 5:34 pm
This video shows a protester, identified by YouTube user PlanetEarthAwakens1 as Olsen, lying on the ground and others going towards him. An explosive device is thrown from a group of police. The video then shows an injured person, bleeding from the head, being carried away.
More photos of Olsen after he was injured can be seen at Indybay.org and many more videos and photos of the clashes are at the New York Times Lede blog.
Said Jose Sanchez, executive director of Iraq Veterans Against the War:
At a press conference on Wednesday, Oakland police said that they had used tear gas and baton rounds but not flash bang grenades. Jay Finneburgh, an activist and photographer who was at the protest, said that he had seen such grenades used. On returning to where Olsen had fallen after being struck, Finneburgh said that he had found a beanbag round, which is a small fabric pouch filled with 40 grams of lead shot and is among the “most commonly used projectiles in US policing, though it was withdrawn for 18 years after a fatal incident in 1971.”
The Oakland police also said that they did not use rubber bullets against protesters but photoscontradict such statements. Oakland’s independent police review body also said today that it would be “looking into” what happened in regard to Olsen’s injuries.
“I’m just absolutely devastated that someone who did two tours of Iraq and came home safely is now lying in a US hospital because of the domestic police force,” said Adele Carpenter, who has known Olsen since July — and she is surely not alone in feeling so.