Friday, October 28, 2011

#OCCUPYEVERYTHING: Police Shoot Tear Gas, Iraq War Vet's Skull Fractured // Baltimore Foreshadowing?

UPDATE: Some readers of blogs following this story are calling into question the source of the skull fracture and think #occupyoakland is framing the footage in the worst possible light. Others are pointing out that this doesn't explain the police shooting tear gas at the people trying to help the injured vet, why they fired at close range, or other negligence, etc. Duh, bad things can happen if you cause a stampede at a packed but peaceful protest. I was just watching Real Time: With Bill Maher though, and he says the injured war vet is thankfully now conscious. Mr. Maher also reiterates that the injury was from a tear gas canister hitting the vet in the face.

Over the weekend, Maryland Juice hopes to explore some of the recent back and forth between people supporting #occupy and those who are bothered by the protests. In the meantime, a MoCo native who now lives in Oakland shared the following photo they took at an impromptu public assembly immediately following the shocking police abuse:

Oakland's New Mayor Is Gonna Have a Tough Re-Elect

Shocking. Oakland police's bungled handling of #occupy protesters have left a 24-year-old Iraq War veteran critically injured. After shooting tear gas canisters into a crowd, Scott Olsen's skull was fractured, and he is now in a medically-induced coma. The police then shot tear gas canisters at the people who came to the war veteran's aid. According to the fishbowlLA site:
Scott Olsen, a 24-year-old Iraqi war veteran, suffered a fractured skull after being shot in the face with a tear gas canister. Olsen was injured Tuesday night in a police crackdown on Occupy Oakland protesters.

Footage of Scott Olsen being shot by Police at Occupy Oakland from Raleigh Latham on Vimeo:

The City of Baltimore is currently forcing a confrontation with #occupybaltimore protestors. Does this foreshadow what will come? Does anyone remember Stanley Zimbardo's Stanford Prison Experiment from Psychology 101? Is anyone surprised that Maryland Juice does not fully trust the common sense or ethics of the police, including in Montgomery County? I still haven't told readers about my experience with MoCo cops in Bethesda when I was in college. One day....

World be warned, there is only so much of this B.S. that people will take. Now the Marines are PISSED. Read the excerpt below from the fishbowlLA website:

"The picture above, submitted by Reddit user aburger, has generated well over 1,000 comments on the site–many from fellow Marines who are absolutely livid at the injury to one of their own by police."

Here’s one from Reddit user 0311kilo33:
As God is my witness. I will fight tooth and nail to restore the decency this country was founded upon. The politicians, banks and large corporations have ruined this country. I find it difficult to notice any sense of politeness on the streets anymore. But it goes farther. As a Marine and a citizen I am outraged. I am sick to death of the world my children are being raised in.

So I ask all of you, can you too sense the tipping point? When will enough be enough? If not now, when? I feel the problem is that the average Joe citizen is ignorant and comfortable. These, in addition to selfishness have become the standard for the majority of the population. As long as people are comfortable they remain silent. Well, I’m really fucking uncomfortable and I’m sick of seeing this sort of shit happening. The Occupy protests that are going on are our first glimmer of hope. If we can take this and move it further, get every lazy ass off their rocker and open their eyes; then maybe, just maybe we have a chance.

Semper Fi brothers, and remember who you are. Protectors of a great nation, not politicians or wealthy money grubbing bankers and the like. When it comes time, I know we’ll stand strong.

Semper Fi, indeed. And to the Oakland police, Maryland Juice has the world's shortest editorial: FUCK YOU.

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