The 24-year-old Iraq war veteran, who suffered a fractured skull at the hands of the police during a raid on Occupy Oakland, spoke with IndyBay.org on Sunday at Oscar Grant Plaza. The speech center of Olsen’s brain was injured during the October 25 raid, and though he has made tremendous improvements, it is clear in the video that he has not fully recovered.
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The former U.S. Marine and Occupy Oakland protester injured by police has released his first public statement, via social networking site Google+:
I’m feeling a lot better, with a long road in front of me. After my freedom of speech was quite literally taken from me, my speech is coming back but I’ve got a lot of work to do with rehab. Thank you for all your support, it has meant the world to me. You’ll be hearing more from me in the near future and soon enough we’ll see you in our streets!
Olsen was finally able to leave the hospital over the weekend, where he has been suffering a skull fracture during a police raid in late October. Olsen suffered bruising to the part of his brain that controls speech, and since has had difficulty speaking. Doctors are optimistic that he will recover fully from the injury.
There have been numerous reports via Twitter from Occupy Oakland protestors that police were covering their ID badges, a violation of California law. We chalked it up to yet another unconfirmed rumor, till we saw it ourselves on the local news. San Francisco’s ABC7 ran footage shot by Twitter user @BLKPXLS of an officer concealing his name plate with black tape. Those badges are the only identifying information Oakland police wear – stick him in a riot gear helmet, and he’d be completely anonymous.
Of the video, Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan told ABC7:
When I saw it, I was appalled by what I saw. That is not representative of our officers here and what they should be doing. It’s against our policy. I did order an immediate investigation.
The Occupy Oakland demonstrations attracted thousands Wednesday, and among them was Bay Area resident MC Hammer. The protests lasted until the wee hours, though the crowds had significantly thinned by then. But Hammer stuck around, tweeting and taking photographs:
The photo above, which has been cropped, is one of many Hammer uploaded from his phone. They can be viewed here.