This ‘Oakland Police Injure Army Vet’ Story Is Getting Mighty Old…

… but it seems that what happened to Scott Olsen will continue whether it makes sense or not: Kayvan Sabeghi, former U.S. Army Ranger, participating in Occupy Oakland, was arrested and beaten, suffered a ruptured spleen, was denied access to medical care for 18 hours and remains in intensive care. Sabeghi says the arrest took place as he was leaving the protest.

A veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Sabeghi is co-owner of a brew pub, Elevation 66. The pub is reportedly quite successful, so the people who shout “get a job” at protesters have no basis for doing so at Sabeghi.

Of course a video of the assault exists. A blogger at Daily Kos says there is no evidence on that video to suggest Sabeghi was making trouble.

This is what I mean when I say Occupy is nonpolitical, but is nonetheless part of the growing class war. I don’t know Sabeghi’s politics, but from the basics of his status in life, I would be unsurprised to learn he votes Republican. The kinds of things Occupy is trying to stop are just not political in nature: they are criminal.

Speaking of criminal, the Oakland cops… oh, never mind. I’m getting really fed up with this recurring story of When The Good Guys Go Bad.

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  • jams o donnell  On Saturday November 5, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    What sort of morons does Oakland PD employ. They know damn well that they are under the microscope and yet some of them think they can get away with anything

    • Steve  On Saturday November 5, 2011 at 6:12 pm

      jams, what the Oakland Police seem unable to comprehend is that every Tom, Dick and Harriet carries the equivalent of a videocam in his or her pocket these days. A cop’s violent act that might have gone unnoticed, or might have been lied about in the past, is certain today to be recorded and splashed all over YouTube within hours. It just isn’t as easy for cops to get away with criminal behavior today.

      Maybe they will get away with it. But I suspect that if Sabeghi (or someone else) dies of police-inflicted wounds, the police officer who did the injury will have to be indicted. Otherwise, the rule of law will indeed mean nothing.

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