An Iraq War veteran whose skull was fractured during an Occupy Oakland protest when he was hit by a beanbag round fired by police has filed a legal claim against the city of Oakland.
Attorney Mark Martel says his client, Scott Olsen, filed the claim last week seeking unspecified monetary damages for medical expenses for treatement of injuries that also included a fractured vertebrae and hemorrhaging of the brain.
Martel says that a police investigator told him Olsen was struck by the round that was fired by an officer less than 30 feet away during the clash outside Oakland City Hall on October 25.
Martel says he believes that the officer was intentionally aiming at Olsen's head.
Police have not identified the officer. A spokeswoman for the city administrator's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the claim.