[Photo credit: The Guardian]
Interim Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan, the man behind the hostile police action in Oakland, California that left a 24-year old war veteran in critical condition, paid him and his family a visit at the hospital today. Hopefully this was a genuine act of concern, but the cynic in me says "damage control."
"Scott Olsen, the 24-year-old Iraq war veteran who suffered a head injury during Tuesday night's Occupy Oakland protest, was paid a visit by interim Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan on Friday."
"Olsen is in fair condition at Highland Hospital in Oakland and continues to improve, friends said. The Daly City resident is breathing on his own and is able to write notes to doctors and loved ones, but has trouble articulating words."
"I expressed my sorrow for what happened to their son," Jordan said at a City Hall news conference. "They were very receptive. ... I also expressed to them the process that's involved in terms of this incident, in terms of a full review and internal investigation."
We're in the planning stages of a solidarity fundraiser for Scott Olsen so that our readers can send cards, and possibly contribute to any expenses he faces as he convalesces. I'll update you as soon as the plans are finalized, so if you'd like to help out, just stay tuned.
Our continued thoughts and prayers for a full and speedy recovery for Scott, as well as strength to his family and loved ones.