Iraq vet hurt in Occupy protest expects recovery

The Marine Corps veteran who was struck in the head during a clash between police and Occupy Oakland protesters says he expects to recover


Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Marine Corps veteran who was struck in the head during a clash between police and Occupy Oakland protesters says he expects to recover completely but he is still having trouble speaking.

In a video interview posted on Indybay.org, Scott Olsen says he had trouble speaking at all in the days after his skull was fractured Oct. 25.

It's the 24-year-old Iraq War veteran's first interview since he was injured. He wears a neck brace and speaks haltingly, and his words are sometimes slurred.

Olsen said in the interview that he believes a tear gas canister struck him and he's frustrated by the pace of the police investigation into who fired it.

Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson says investigators are still combing video footage of the incident to put together a complete picture of what happened.

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