Scott Olsen, an Iraq war veteran, was seriously injured during clashes between Oakland police forces and “Occupy Oakland” protesters on Wednesday. His condition is upgraded to fair from critical at Highland Hospital in Oakland after police officers used tear gas and other munitions to disperse the crowd. Olsen, 24, is former Marine who is working for a software company in San Francisco.
Jean Qann, Oakland’s mayor, apologized to Olsen in person during a visit to the hospital and later tried to talk to protesters near City Hall but they refused to listen to him. Olsen’s parents have also visited him at the hospital and found him in good mood.
Olsen was injured in the head by projectiles fired by police officers when standing still in front of police lines, a video on YouTube showed. Other videos show that the police fired numerous munitions at the crowd on that day.
Howard Jordan, Oakland Police Department’s interim chief, told journalists the police is to conduct a “level one investigation” of the events, adding that the police did not mean to hurt anyone. He went on to say that Oakland police officers did not fire rubber bullets at the protesters, while other law enforcement agencies might have used munitions that can cause harm to people.