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Oakland pays brain-damaged vet $4.5 million in police suit
Oakland pays brain-damaged vet $4.5 million in police suit

SAN FRANCISCO -- Oakland has reached a $4.5-million settlement with a Marine veteran who suffered brain damage when a police officer shot him with a beanbag projectile during an Occupy Oakland protest, the city announced Friday. Scott Olsen, 26, who served two tours in Iraq,  suffered a fractured skull and traumatic brain injury on Oct. 25, 2011, when Oakland police tried to disperse a crowd near City Hall. Olsen said he was standing still and behaving peacefully when he was struck. When other protesters tried to assist him, an officer lobbed a tear-gas canister at them, according to witnesses at the time. Video of the scene escalated occupy protests across the country and...

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