In a tentative settlement announced today, the City of Oakland will pay $4.5 million to Iraq war vet Scott Olsen, who was struck in the head by a beanbag round, a less-lethal weapon used by the Oakland Police Department for crowd control, during an Oct. 25, 2012 Occupy protest.
JP Dobrin A woman holds a sign referencing previous lawsuits against OPD at an Occupy Oakland protest.
The beanbag round, a cloth bag filled with lead shot, was fired at Olsen from a police line roughly 15 feet from Olsen, who was 24 at the time, fracturing his skull and causing brain damage. The shot was a violation of the OPD's crowd-control policy, says one of Olsen's attorneys, Jim Chanin.
"He was shot because OPD commanders decided to simultaneously use chemical agents to disperse the demonstrators and have officers shoot impact munitions at anyone who might be throwing something, even though this violated their own written policies," Chanin says.
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