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Marine Veteran and Occupy Protester Beaten By Police Will Receive $4.5 Million


​Back in October of 2011, a United States military veteran was critically injured by police during an Occupy Wall Street protest. The Marine, 26-year-old Scott Olsen will be awarded $4.5 million by the city of Oakland, California.

Attorneys for Olsen, said on Friday that this will resolve a federal lawsuit filed after the incident, when Olsen joined nearly 1,000 other demonstrators in protesting the local police department’s forced removal of Occupy activists from a nearby city park.

As the protesters marched through downtown, Olsen was shot in the head with a non-lethal projectile fired by a still-unidentified police officer. A nearby hospital diagnosed him with a fractured skill, broken neck vertebrae as well as swelling of the brain.

Olsen had served two tours in Iraq between 2006 and 2010. After returning stateside, he joined the Iraq Veterans Against the War.

“It’s heartbreaking, especially to think that this young man went overseas twice and came back in one piece to a country in shambles,” Matthis Chiroux, a fellow vet and anti-war activist said in an interview with RT back in 2011. “He goes out into the streets, he’s got a job he’s got a house, but he goes out to stand with the 99 percent and he’s the first one brutalized.”

Jim Chanin, an attorney for Olsen, explained to the San Francisco Chronicle on Friday that it’s “a very sad day, not only for Scott, who’s going to have to start his life all over, but for the city of Oakland, which has been hit with yet another unnecessary lawsuit with a very large settlement that could have been used for the public good while Scott went on with his life, without his injury.”

Olsen told Democracy Now! that “it has been a very stressful experience having to deal with it. So, for that reason alone, I’m happy that it’s over.

“And yeah, part of me does wish we had gone to trial,” Olsen continued, “but this is what’s going to work out for me better, I think, and hopefully for pushing forward for change in Oakland police policy”.

Barbara Parker, the attorney for the City, told the Chronicle that Oakland will spend $1.4 million directly, with the additional three-million-plus will be provided by the city’s insurance policy.

“Mr. Olsen suffered a tragic injury that will affect him for the rest of his life,” she acknowledged. “This settlement will save the city the far greater costs of a trial and potentially much higher judgment. This is a fair settlement given the facts of the case and the significant injuries Mr. Olsen sustained.”

(Article by M.B. David)

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