Former Marine's injury spurs vets to join Occupy movement

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Although they've been participating in Occupy protests throughout the country, vets say their ranks have been swelling since last week, when former Marine and Iraq War vet Scott Olsen sustained a skull fracture when he was hit by a police projectile at an Occupy Oakland protest .

"His injury has definitely galvanized veterans,'' says University of Illinois senior Scott Kimball, who served in Iraq as an Army specialist. He'll be helping coordinate today's New York City event, which begins with an 11 a.m. march from Vietnam Veterans Plaza to Liberty Square.

"We're getting calls from veterans across the country who are extremely angry and appalled that someone who served two tours in Iraq got injured as a well-behaved protester,'' says Kimball, 27. "It's rallying vets across the country. We're just seeing the beginning of it."

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2011-11-01/occupy-wall-street-veterans/51031852/1

 

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Karl, did you watch the carefully edited videos you provided?

The 1st video is a whole 1:30 long and conveniently starts after the protester is injured. And 20 people run back up there to help one person? Really? The cops are already on edge and another group charges towards them? (Do I think this ONE flash bang was appropriate? Probably not. But I have never faced off against a delusional mob of idiots before, so who knows what was going the through the policeman's mind.)

Both videos show that the police had cordoned off the area, neither show why the tear gas and flash bangs were used. (Again very convenient.) The second video shows protesters hurling tear gas back at the police and you can see other arms making throwing motions.

I feel no sympathy for them. Protest? Fine, great, that is their right. They can protest for communism, Marxism, socialism, free drugs, whatever they want, BUT when they break the law or attack the police their right to assemble gets out weighed by the need for public safety.

Again, protesters have admitted on national TV that they were throwing rocks, bottles, cans of paint and who knows what else at the police BEFORE the teargas was used. Who do you think is mostly likely to have injured that man? The police tossing flash bangs and tear gas or a protester in back chucking rocks or bottles or other things?

November 04, 2011 09:09 AM
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The problem here gentlemen is that the police should have found a better way, as they did in NYC.

November 04, 2011 09:24 AM
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Maybe the protesters should have found a better way like EVERY Tea Party protest did. It is the police's responsibility to maintain order and stop law breakers (or catch them after the fact). Not coddle criminals. Yes, these are criminals they clearly broke the law. Not all, but enough to get a response in force.

The media has ignored this as much as possible. When idiots showed up with Nazi signs at Tea Party protests the media lead with the RAAAACISTs at the Tea Party events. Even though the Nazis were not accepted and where pushed to the side and in many cases asked to leave. (We won't go into the proof that many were plants by anti-Tea Party elements. Yes, proved.) But the Communists, Socialists, Marxists that are openly a part of EVERY OWS movement are ignored by the media. Heck, OWS is supported by every anti-capitalist group around, but no big stories in the MSM.

But, I guess, obeying the law isn't necessary when you think you are correct or is it simply if you are on the left?

November 04, 2011 12:56 PM
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NYC * Bloomberg police is a HIGHLY trained para-military force.  Oakland's police is poorly trained SEMI-urban force and is usually augmented by county sheriff depts of surrounding counties.

Karl - LISTEN UP.  In CA, SAFETY OFFICERS are exactly that....I never heard of it before until I moved to NoCA and got educated by my cousin who was a reserve officer in Marin county and my cousin's husband who was CoP of Exeter, CA.  The LARGER governments - like Oakland - augment the broader sheriff departments SURROUNDING them so that when and if they need them, they will come.  This usually works except if there is a FIRE, the SAFETY OFFICERS - who are police for a few months and then firemen for a few months - on rotation are called into their OWN emergencies.  This was painfully tested during the Bay Area earthquake...police were pulling drivers from cars under collapsed bridge sections as there were no EMS.

The state of CA has been decimated by job losses and Oakland's prior mayor was - wait for it - JERRY BROWN.

The distain for the military in the state is legendary.  ROTC has been removed from schools and military members and their families are on welfare in many areas.

November 04, 2011 06:10 PM
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Great information Wallace. I have never heard that before either. I honestly couldn't imagine our local police force being called up to assist with riot control in Oklahoma City. They are good guys but most are out of shape and have never dealt with anything like this in their lives.

I do have a nephew who was a Marine and is now a police officer and I could see him handling a riot, of course I could also so him being quite capable of "smacking down" these idiots.

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