OAKLAND, Calif. — The police officers on the center front line when tear gas was fired directly at Marine Scott Olsen are with the San Francisco Sheriff Emergency Services Unit (ESU.)
Olsen, who served twice in Iraq and member of Veterans for Peace, is now suffering from a skull fracture. The San Francisco Sheriff officers were also on the front line when a flash bang grenade was thrown at Olsen, after he was wounded and unconscious, as others attempted to carry him to safety and yelled “Medic!”
Three of the officers on the center front police line, from where the tear gas was fired and flash bang was thrown, have been identified. They are San Francisco Sheriff ESU officer Scott Bergstresser, officer Hugo Aparicio (both in top photo) and officer Ceciel Yambao.
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-The inequity that exists between classes in our country is simply immoral. -We are in an unemployment crisis. Almost 14 million people are unemployed. Nearly 20% of African American men are unemployed. Over 25% of our nation’s youth are unemployed. -Many workers who have jobs have to work 2 or 3 of them just to scrape by. -Higher education is almost impossible to obtain without going deeply in debt. -Corporations are permitted to spend unlimited resources to influence elections while stockpiling a trillion dollars rather than hiring people.
We know the media will either ignore you or frame the issue as to who may be getting pepper sprayed rather than addressing the despair and hardships borne by so many, or accurately conveying what this movement is about. All this goes on while corporate profits continue to soar and millionaires whine about paying a bit more in taxes. And we have not even mentioned the environment.