Investigation Under Way in Scott Olsen Shooting

Internal Affairs in the hizzle

The City of Oakland has started a Tier 1 investigation into the shooting of Iraqi War Vet Scott Olsen, who has now be upgraded to stable condition and will soon undergo brain surgery, reportedly to reduce the effects of swelling on his brain.

Scott is now conscious and able to communicate via writing on a notepad. Since returning from Iraq, Olsen has become involved in veterans’ affairs, specifically the high rates of suicide among returning warriors. He became involved in politics after the recent public sector cuts in Wisconsin.

The Tier 1 investigation will be treated as if the police had been using deadly force and IA will work with the city prosecutors to see if any of the guidelines on use of less than lethal munitions were violated as videos continue to surface of the crackdown. Oakland Police spokespersons continue to play down the extreme methods that were employed on the Occupy Oakland protestors, time will tell on what exactly happened and who will be blamed.

In other OWS news: New York Authorities have removed all portable generators and fuel containers from OWS: New York just as the first winter storm hit the American Northeast, citing a fire hazard as a risk to public safety. Because freezing your butt off in sleet and snow is just as safe, one wonders if “Freezing out the hippies” is the new strategy. Apparently drum circles no longer function in below freezing conditions. The protestors have remained strong so far, huddling together for warmth in tents until the precipitation lets up enough to resume activities.

Man If I was there, I would be inviting all the girls to my tent. Nothing, is as awesome as being stuck in a tent with a little bit of mutual attraction as the only available activity.

(Source: CNN)


  1. says

    They’ve been building/obtaining bike generators which the cops can’t confiscate for public safety hazard.

    Of course, they’re “hippies”, which the media seems so intent on focusing on, so the video in this link frames it in the sense of making the OWS movement green.

    Eleven bikes for $8000. That’s pretty good. And it’ll get the protesters some exercise.

  2. Hank Fox says

    I’ve seen these investigations again and again and AGAIN, and I can almost guarantee you nothing will come of it. Whatever investigation is going on, it is absolutely a pro forma effort, and the result is (not “will be”) automatic full justification for any act by police.

    • says

      I wonder if Police investigations work like army ones, where a random officer is given the role as investigator and the results are completly dependant on how much the guy gives a shit, which is not very much of a crap from what I have seen from my ‘lil box.

  3. Francisco Bacopa says

    Got back two hours ago from the Occupy Houston “Corporate Show of Horrors” Haunted House in Tranquility Park. Not a lot of participants, but we handed out fliers to the drunk folks on Market Square, and Franklin and Main streets. Quite a few drunks wandered through. Tranquility has been pretty much been given over to Occupy. Saw eight cops tonight. The same old dudes who tell you put out that joint when folks are toking at the Jones Plaza events. We seem to have a couple of donated port a potties and many folks have camp toilets.

    Everything is low key and orderly. Why is Oakland so uncool?

  4. geocatherder says

    They will “investigate” and nothing will come of it. Those of us in the San Francisco Bay Area who read the news know that the Oakland police are, and have been, thugs of the worst kind since who-knows-when.

    I’m embarrassed when I have to admit I grew up in Oakland. I don’t think the cops were such thugs then… but it was a looong time ago.

  5. bob says

    Used vegetable oil is not even flammable without a wick!

    Go into your kitchen and try lighting some vegetable oil on fire. It is not a “flammable liquid” in the same way gasoline is.

  6. lordshipmayhem says

    Bob @ 5:
    Grease, on the other hand, is quite flammable – my father was injured at a grease fire (slipped on sleety ice, injury to lower back from the stem of his air pack, never worked again as he used up sick days to retirement).

    So if the cops were really interested in public safety, rather than seizing vegetable oil heaters, they’d go to the nearest video rental store and seize all the DVD’s of a certain movie musical starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta.

  7. DaveL says

    Go into your kitchen and try lighting some vegetable oil on fire. It is not a “flammable liquid” in the same way gasoline is.

    In technical terms, it’s not a flammable liquid at all. It’s what’s known as a combustible liquid. Flammable liquids have flash points low enough to create explosive fumes at typical ambient temperatures (<37C). Vegetable oil is a class IIIB combustible, the least volatile classification, with a flash point of 327C.

  8. says

    This cellar room is very damp in the rainy season.I do want to see him now.It’s against the law.I fell in love with her at first sight.I’ll see to it.It’s time for us to say “No” to AmericaIt’s time for us to say “No” to AmericaHe is only about five feet high.You can either stay or leave.Let’s have a beer or something

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