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.