Scott Olsen, an Iraq war veteran and “Occupy” activist, was seriously injured when he was reportedly struck in the head with a tear gas canister fired by police trying to disperse a mob of protesters. Olsen has become the latest rallying cry for the movement, which is working to “shut down the city” in his name next week:
“We mean nobody goes to work, nobody goes to school, we shut the city down,” organizer Cat Brooks said. “The only thing they seem to care about is money and they don’t understand that it’s our money they need. We don’t need them, they need us.” …
Brooks said a general strike was a “natural progression” following a crackdown by the city of Oakland early on Tuesday morning in which protesters were evicted from a plaza near City Hall and 85 people were arrested.
Olsen’s injury sounds like a tragic accident, but causing citywide disruptions isn’t likely to inspire much sympathy for the cause. City residents were already tired of the protesters, and now police are apparently letting them run wild out of fear of repeating the Olsen incident:
Protesters sought to re-take that plaza on Tuesday night and were repeatedly driven back by police using stun grenades and tear gas. It was during one of those clashes that protesters say Olsen was struck in the head by a tear gas canister fired by police.…
More than 1,000 protesters moved onto the streets of Oakland again on Wednesday night as police largely kept their distance.
Fortunately, it sounds like Olsen is improving. He’s still in the hospital, but Fox News is reporting his condition has been upgraded to “fair.”