Let me preface this by saying that I hope that Scott Olsen, the critically injured Marine Corps vet, pulls through and makes a rapid recovery, but there are certain elements to this story that people should be made aware of.
First of all, I do not and never will condone police brutality, but if protesters get violent and start throwing bottles (as they did in Oakland), that violence is going to escalate when police retaliate; and they will fight back.
Olsen was one of several hundred protesters who swarmed through Oakland's downtown well into the morning hours on Wednesday, repeatedly clashing with riot police. In some cases, protesters threw bottles and tipped over garbage containers. Oakland police said two of its officers were injured when a protester doused them with cans of blue and pink paint.
If you truly peacefully protest and obey the law, you will not be harmed.
Secondly, he was not specifically targeted. He was allegedly hit by a projectile, but no-one knows where it originated from or what it was. For all we know, it could very well have been one of his fellow "Occupiers". People are chomping at the bit for this whole movement to get violent it wouldn't be at all surprising if there weren't some agitators out there purposely trying to provoke the police into action.
As for Olsen- he wasn't the squeaky clean, above reproach war vet that he has been touted to be. According to Mercury News:
In 2010, the Marines issued Olsen an "administrative discharge." Maj. Shawn Haney, a Marines spokesman based in Quantico, Va., declined to discuss Olsen's discharge, but said his departure could have been for anything from a medical condition to a punitive measure.Who knows what the reason was for discharge, but he had a tremendous hatred for the Marine Corps. Verum Serum blogger Morgen Richmond has unearthed some more interesting tidbits about Olsen, including the fact that he is the owner of the domain IHateTheMarineCorps.com. Although it is not up and running, he is the registered owner of the site. And according to Verum Serum, there is evidence of drug use by Olsen. Click here for more on their story.
But, as Morgen sums it up, it's not about Olsen's less then stellar reputation, it's the troubling escalation of violence in the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protests that seems to be inspired by anarchists and others hell bent on ruining this country. I never thought we'd see violent protest in the U.S. again, after all, the Tea Party demonstrations were peaceful, but that seems to be changing with the OWS movement. Then again, "Occupy" activists did call for violence, I guess it's now coming to fruition. No doubt, there will be more.