… 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.