Oakland Cops Face Inquiry Over Wounded Iraq Vet

City prepares for general strike
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2011 5:08 PM CDT
Occupy Oakland: Police Face Probe Over Wounding of Iraq War Vet Scott Olsen
Scott Olsen, right with helmet, was wounded in a clash with police.   (AP Photo/Keith Shannon)

A city panel is launching a formal investigation into Oakland police following the wounding of an Iraq veteran in last week’s clash with Occupy Oakland protesters. The inquiry, sparked by a complaint to the Citizens’ Police Review Board, is due to begin within days and run “several months,” an insider says. An Occupy rep called the investigation a “wonderful thing,” the Guardian reports.

“Just like every once in a while people do things that are wrong from our side, there is a small percentage of police that are out of control, and I'm glad they're being investigated,” the spokesman said. Meanwhile, protesters and police are getting ready for tomorrow’s planned general strike, which seeks to “shut down” Oakland. The city “was the site of the last general strike in the US,” a protester noted at a press conference. “We're going to make history once again. We're going to make Oakland proud.” (More Scott Olsen stories.)

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