'Occupy Oakland' protester shot by rubber bullet while filming cops





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Published on Nov 7, 2011

From: Press TV
[VIDEO] 'Occupy Oakland' protester shot by rubber bullet while filming cops
Mon Nov 7, 2011 5:1PM GMT
An unidentified protester in Oakland holding a video camera, filming a police line during the early hours of Thursday, Nov. 3, is shot with a rubber bullet even after repeatedly asking officers, "Is this okay?"

Rubber bullets, though considered non-lethal, have killed people before. They can also cause serious internal injuries and even break bones. Despite their name, rubber bullets are small metal cylinders merely coated with a layer of rubber, and can be launched from traditional firearms.

The incident took place following Thursday's call to general strike, which saw tens of thousands of protesters shut down one of the city's major highway overpasses. Though the event was largely peaceful, police said they made 103 arrests, mostly for protesters who failed to disperse after being told to leave public spaces.

Police were heavily criticized for their role in beating Iraq veteran Kayvan Sabehgi with nightsticks as he was walking home from the protest. Although he suffered a ruptured spleen and was in extreme pain pleading for medical attention, none was given, and officers allegedly accused him of being a drug addict. Sabehgi was finally allowed to see doctors 18 hours later, when paramedics had to physically remove him from his cell because he was in too much pain to walk. Authorities said they were investigating the incident.
Occupy Oakland: second Iraq war veteran injured after police clashes

Kayvan Sabehgi in intensive care with a lacerated spleen after protests in Oakland, a week after Scott Olsen was hurt. He says police beat him with batons
Adam Gabbatt
guardian.co.uk, Friday 4 November 2011 19.26 GMT
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A second Iraq war veteran has suffered serious injuries after clashes between police and Occupy movement protesters in Oakland.

Kayvan Sabehgi, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, is in intensive care with a lacerated spleen. He says he was beaten by police close to the Occupy Oakland camp, but despite suffering agonising pain, did not reach hospital until 18 hours later.

Sabehgi, 32, is the second Iraq war veteran to be hospitalised following involvement in Oakland protests. Another protester, Scott Olsen, suffered a fractured skull on 25 October.
Monday Nov 7, 2011 8:46 am
How Police 'Protect': Rubber Bullets, Aiding Attempted Vehicular Homicide
By Allison Kilkenny
It's become something of a cliché to point out the fact that if police had treated the Tea Party protesters as they're currently handling Occupy Wall Street demonstrators, the nation would have reacted somewhat differently to the crackdown.

For example, Glenn Beck would have clawed out his eyes on national television, screaming about all kinds of violations to the Constitution, and Congressional hearings would have run 'round-the-clock on Fox News.

If I explained to you that not one, or two, but around seven (probably more) protesters have been mowed over by vehicles during protests, and the police let the drivers go without citations, you could probably easily guess during which protests those public safety lapses occurred. Of course, in some of these instances, OWS protesters were actually hit by police themselves, which explains, but does not excuse, why there weren't immediate ramifications for those respective officers

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