2nd Vet Injured During Occupy Oakland Protests - NBC Bay Area

2nd Vet Injured During Occupy Oakland Protests

Man needed surgery after police allegedly beat him with batons.



    Friends of an Iraq veteran say he was injured by Oakland Police and then not given medical attention. (Published Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013)

    Another veteran was hospitalized after an Occupy Oakland protest this week.

    U.S. Army veteran Kayvan Sabeghi said police hit him with batons on Wednesday, causing a lacerated spleen. But he went to jail instead of the hospital.

    It wasn't until 18 hours later the 32-year-old owner of El Cerrito's Elevation 66 brewing company was finally taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland where he needed surgery.

    Sageghi was walking along 14th Street when a group of police in front of him told him to move, the Guardian reported. "But I was like: 'Move to where?'" Sageghi said. "... One moved forward and hit me in my arm and legs and back with his baton. Then three or four cops tackled me and arrested me."

    On Wednesday, about 7,500 protesters marched through Oakland, shutting down the port during a mostly peaceful general strike. Later that night, a group of anarchists broke off from the group and started clashing with police and causing damage to the city.

    Sabeghi is the second veteran injured during the Occupy Oakland protests. Scott Olsen, a 24-year old Daly City man who served two tours in Iraq, suffered a fractured skull and swelling to the brain after he was hit by a police projectile on Oct. 25.

    Olsen's injury was captured on video (below). The YouTube video shows people yelling, "Medic! Medic!" in hopes that someone would come to help Olsen, who was lying in the street bleeding from the head.

    Oakland police said that Sabeghi's arrest is under investigation. They want anyone with information to call the Major Crimes Section at (510) 238-3821.

    Bay City News contributed to this report.