NOTE: OS IS GOING GA GA RIGHT NOW. BEAR WITH ME IF THIS IS A BIT GARBLED. THIS IS MAINLY TO SHOW YOU THAT IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON...GO TO TWITTER.
It is the long night in Oakland. I am reading the Twitter Posts. Here are some of the top ones.
BarrettBrownLOL Barrett Brown
At the time Veteran Scott Olsen was shot in the face. Tonight he remains in critical condition from his injuries, which included a two inch skull fracture from a direct shot to the face with a tear gas canister, according to the Mercury News .
This video shows what a bunch of out of control idiots were in Oakland two nights ago
This video shows what happened to Scott Olson
From the UK Guardian:
"Scott Olsen, 24, suffered a fractured skull and brain swelling after he was allegedly hit in the head by a police projectile during the clashes on Tuesday. A spokesperson for Highland hospital in east Oakland confirmed he was critically ill after being admitted on Tuesday night."
Scott Olsen is a 24 year old Marines Corp Corporal who completed two tours of duty in Iraq. He hails from Onalaska, Wisconsin.
Iraq Veterans Against the War is collecting donations on behalf of Corporal Olsen. Olsen served two tours in Iraq from 2006 to2010, according to Reuters.
He was at the Occupy Oakland protest with his friend, Keith Shannon. Olsen and Shannon had deployed to Iraq together. They both served in the 3rd batallion, 4th Marine regiment, where they worked in tactical communications .
For the past hour, there have been multiple calls for a general strike in Oakland. This would be the first general strike in America since the 1940s.
The Mayor of Oakland is Jean Quan and she is in a heap of trouble after last night and probably tonight. Word is that the police are gearing up for another round of violence against the protesters.
Quan's failure to appear and apparent lack of control over her police department yesterday lies is in stark contrast with former Mayor Dellums handling of the Oscar Grant riots.
Quan had already been under attack in a recall effort that could work soon. It only takes 96,000 legitimate signatures, then the election is held very quickly to recall an Oakland mayor.
Ironically, Quan is a lifelong liberal who has fought tirelessly for liberal and progressive causes in Oakland.
Even more ironically, she was investigated by the Oakland Police Department for her role as a protester in the Oscar Grant controversy. This occurred when she was a city councilwoman.
Many will milk this as a plot to pit liberal against liberal, but facts are facts. Just as the two young marines, one fighting for his life, have discovered, signing on for a tough job requires having the judgement and wit to carry out the job. This is more an issue of preparation and competence for the job as mayor of a city during volatile times.
According to The Recorder, John Burris, a local legal gadflly, and other lawyers are talking about clear indications that the Oakland Police Department may have violated all kinds of policy concering street protests and crowd management.
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