Second Iraq war vet in intensive care after brutal police beating at Occupy Oakland
(Gaius Publius) It’s apparently what they do. The Guardian (h/t an alert email correspondent; my emphasis and reparagraphing):
Kayvan Sabehgi in intensive care with a lacerated spleen after protests in Oakland, a week after Scott Olsen was hurt. He says police beat him with batons …
Sabehgi told the Guardian from hospital he was walking alone along 14th Street in central Oakland – away from the main area of clashes – when he was injured.
“There was a group of police in front of me,” he told the Guardian from his hospital bed. “They told me to move, but I was like: ‘Move to where?’ There was nowhere to move. Then they lined up in front of me. I was talking to one of them, saying ‘Why are you doing this?’ when 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.”
Sabeghi, who left the army in 2007 and now part-owns a small bar-restaurant in El Cerrito, about 10 miles north of Oakland, said he was handcuffed and placed in a police van for three hours before being taken to jail. By the time he got there he was in “unbelievable pain”.
The rest of the article details the horror of Sabeghi’s time in jail. Sample: “I was vomiting and had diarrhoea,” Sabehgi said. “I just lay there in pain for hours.”
He’s now in intensive care with a lacerated spleen.
There’s a word for this stuff, and it describes a crime in most Western countries — just not in ours.
Here’s Rachel Maddow on the Oakland PD and their history, just in case you didn’t think this was part of the culture.
My guess is we should brace for more news like this. The defenders of liberty will not go gentle into that good night; they’ll go kicking and screaming, if they leave at all.