Member of the 99%
The "Occupy" movement that is sweeping across America appears to be rattling the establishment good and hard. While many mayors and police departments initially let the peaceful protesters wave their signs and sing their songs, assuming that they would soon tire of the hardships of standing in the streets and sleeping in public parks, some have started to overreact now that it has become apparent that the protesters are staying.
The police in Oakland, California, have been overreacting for several days, and their actions have placed thousands of good people in danger. Yesterday Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen was struck in the head with a projectile (probably a tear gas canister) fired at close range by members of the Oakland Police Department. Olsen suffered a fractured skull and was hospitalized in critical condition.
The Oakland Chief of Police said that there will be an investigation of this incident, and Mayor Jean Quan said that she will personally supervise the investigation. Meanwhile, Scott Olsen lies in a hospital bed with his brain swelling.
Citizens in America have a right to protest. That right in guaranteed in the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America - the same Constitution and the same Constitutional right that Scott Olsen was defending in Iraq. The shooting of this young man was a disgraceful act that merits far more than an investigation. Heads need to roll!
Scott Olsen, an American patriot who served two combat tours in Iraq as a member of the United States Marine Corps, is a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War. Donations for his care and support may be made at their website: ivaw.org
Somewhere on the web the other day I saw an interesting comparison between the Tea Party and the Occupiers. The writer noted that members of the Tea Party carry guns to their events and the police just stand back and let it happen. But when the Occupiers begin showing up with sleeping bags, the police become unhinged.
Guns don't provoke - sleeping bags do! Welcome to America in the twenty-first century.
Stay strong, Scott Olsen! Once again, you are a hero!