Oakland Residents Hold Candlelight Vigil For Iraq Vet Critically Injured By Police

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By Zaid Jilani

On October 25th, the Oakland Police Department instituted a harsh crackdown on Occupy Oakland, arresting dozens of people and using tear gas, flash grenades, and rubber bullets. The police also critically wounded Iraq war veteran Scott Olsen, who is now in the hospital for a fractured skull.

Last night, nearly 1300 Oakland residents held a candlelight vigil for Olsen at city hall. Here are some pictures from the vigil:

Yesterday, the intensive care unit where Olsen is being hospitalized upgraded his condition to “fair.” Oakland Mayor Jean Quan visited him as well.

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