After serving two tours in Iraq, Scott Olsen a U.S. Marine was critically injured Tuesday night when what appears to be a tear gas canister struck him in the head.
Olsen’s friend Keith Shannon, who also served in Iraq with him, said his friend had suffered a 2-inch skull fracture and brain swelling. When Olsen arrived at the hospital Shannon was told that he was unable to answer anything more than yes or no questions. As of Wednesday night Olsen was heavily sedated and on a respirator, while doctors decided whether or not he needs surgery.
Jason Matherne, a spokesperson for Iraq Veterans Against the War, made this statement about the incident, “The guy fights for his country, comes here to protest peacefully and then gets injured in that way, he’s got a fracture, he’s in the hospital, he’s in serious condition with no way of knowing exactly when he’s going to recover or what condition he’s going to be in, it’s horrible.”
Ironically soldiers in Iraq are not allowed to use tear gas, one internet comment read.
It is still unclear whether Olsen was hit with a rubber bullet, a smoke canister or a tear gas canister. Oakland Police Chief Howard Johnson said his department was investigating the incident.
This video from wisn.com 12 news out of Milwaukee shows the incident. As Olsen lays on the ground some of the protesters come to his side to help only to have flashbangs thrown into their midst.