By Dave Lindorff, This Can’t Be Happening
Through his silence alone, Obama is condoning the police abuse of demonstrators of the Occupy Movement
The scenes of riot-gear-clad police assaulting peaceful demonstrators with everything from tear gas and mace to truncheons, point-blank shots with beanbags and rubber bullets, and of course the ubiquitous fist and club, have made a bad joke out of claims that America is either the land of the free or the home of the brave.
Scott Olson, a veteran of America’s Iraq War, suffered a severe brain injury that nearly killed him, and left him with difficulty speaking, thanks to a shot to his head by an attacking police officer in Oakland with a gun-fired teargas canister. Olsen is lucky to be alive. A comrade, veteran Kayvan Sabehgi, who was retreating from advancing police that same night with his hands tucked in his pockets, was chased and so brutally beaten by another attacking thug cop that he had to be hospitalized for treatment of a lacerated spleen.