Second Iraq Vet Hurt in Oakland Protests

Ranger suffers lacerated spleen during Wednesday's violence
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2011 6:00 AM CDT
Second Iraq Vet Hurt in Oakland Protests
A fire burns Wednesday night in Oakland.   (Getty Images)

Another Iraq war veteran has been injured in clashes between police and protesters in Oakland, reports the Guardian. One week after Scott Olsen suffered a fractured skull, Kayvan Sabeghi was hospitalized with a lacerated spleen, which he says was caused by being hit with police batons Wednesday night. "There was a group of police in front of me. They told me to move, but I was like: 'Move to where?' There was nowhere to move," said Sabeghi, a former Army Ranger who served in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

Sabeghi, 32, said he was locked in a police van for three hours, then moved to jail, and was not taken to a hospital for 18 hours. "I was on my hands and knees and crawled over the cell door to call for help," he said. "I was vomiting and had diarrhea. I just lay there in pain for hours." Police said they were investigating his arrest but did not provide details, notes AP. Wednesday was the night protesters did serious damage in Oakland. (More Occupy Wall Street stories.)

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