Police brutality has helped slow the momentum of Occupy Oakland, injured Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen said on Thursday in an interview with KQED reporter Andrew Stelzer.

Olsen became a poster child for the Occupy Movement after a projectile fired by Oakland police hit him in the head as police were clearing an Occupy camp from the plaza in front of Oakland’s City Hall on Oct. 25 and 26, 2011.

The injury sent Olsen to the hospital with a traumatic brain injury, but he resurfaced to help organize subsequent demonstrations, including a rally on Thursday to commemorate the Oct. 25 and 26 events.

Stelzer interviewed Olsen as the rally was beginning. Olsen is now in a wheelchair because of a bicycle accident not related to Occupy protests.

While tens of thousands participated in Occupy Oakland protests in 2011, only a few hundred took part in Thursday’s demonstration.

Video: Injured Iraq Vet Scott Olsen Explain Occupy Oakland’s Decline 26 October,2012KQED News Staff

  • Occupy is the real deal. Get used to seeing more of Occupy. We’re not going away.

    • me

      your poster child is a dumbass who is accident prone and probably already had brain injury before the occupy incident.

      • He was also kicked out of the Corp. If the Marines feel you are a lost cause then there is no hope for you.

    • Tim Brown is a shill for Occupy. He has multiple logins (Tim Brown, Occupy Central KY, Bandit, ect) and “likes” his own comments so people think he has support. Look at his own facebook page (Occupy Central KY or Tim Brown), 99% of the likes are his own. He can’t deal with the fact Occupy is DOA and thinks he can prop it up on his own.

  • I can’t help but think that one of the ways police
    throughout the world will be judged in the future is how well they perform as
    both peacekeeper and protector. So how they respond to public protest is
    something everyone should be concerned — especially those of us who live in a democracy. The goal in every society is to select and
    train police who are well-trained and led,
    restrained in their use of force, honest, and courteous to every person. For more on this and other important
    police improvement issues, see “Arrested
    Development: A Veteran Police Chief Sounds Off About Protest, Racism,
    Corruption and the Seven Steps Necessary to Improve Our Nation’s Police”
    (Amazon.com). And my blog at http://improvingpolice.wordpress.com/
    where other current police improvement issues are discussed.

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