Sunday, November 06, 2011

2nd vet hurt at Occupy Oakland event

Nov. 5, 2011 Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The second Iraq war veteran hospitalized after a
confrontation at an Occupy Oakland protest wasn't participating in the
demonstration when he was injured and arrested, a friend and colleague
said Saturday.

Kayvan Sabeghi, 32, had joined in a march the day before but was only
trying to get home when he was beaten by police early Thursday, said
Esther Goodstal, who co-owns a brewery with Sabeghi in nearby El Cerrito.

"I saw he had bruises all over his body, and that's not right," Goodstal
told The Associated Press in a phone interview. "No one should treat
another human being like this."

An Oakland police spokesman didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

A Highland Hospital spokesman said Sabeghi was in fair condition Saturday
but released no further details. Goodstal said Sabeghi was in the
intensive care unit and had to undergo surgery for a lacerated spleen. She
said he was mostly in good spirits.

Goodstal said Sabeghi took part in an Occupy Oakland march to the city's
port Wednesday but left when it was over.

"After that, he went out with his friend and had dinner," she said.

When dinner was over, Sabeghi decided to call it a night because he had to
work Thursday. He was walking home in west Oakland sometime late Wednesday
or early Thursday when he encountered a line of police at the protest who
wouldn't let him through, Goodstal said.

"Literally, you (could) see his apartment," she said. "The police for some
reason ... said, 'No, you cannot pass.'"

Goodstal said Sabeghi told her he tried to explain his situation and
officers began hitting him with batons.

Records show Sabeghi was booked on suspicion of resisting arrest. He was
one of more than 100 people arrested by 3 p.m. Thursday.

Goodstal said Sabeghi asked for medical attention several times from a
jail cell and an ambulance came more than three hours after another friend
posted his bail. An official who answered the phone at an Alameda County
Sheriff's Office jail could confirm only that Sabeghi had been arrested
and released on bail.

A week earlier, Marine veteran Scott Olsen, 24, suffered a skull fracture
during clashes between police and Occupy Oakland participants.

Olsen, who also served in Iraq, worked his day job as a security software
engineer Oct. 25. He then joined participants at night at Occupy San
Francisco before traveling across the bay to the Oakland site, where he
was injured.

Wall Street protesters around the country have rallied around Olsen's plight.

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