OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — At least 1,000 people have gathered in Oakland, Calif., in honor of the Iraq war veteran who was seriously injured in a confrontation between police and anti-Wall Street demonstrators.
Many in the crowd held candles during last night's vigil for 24-year-old Scott Olsen, who's in the hospital with a fractured skull. His condition has been upgraded to fair.
Olsen was hurt Tuesday night as police in riot gear met protesters who were trying to return to the area near Oakland's City Hall where they had been camping out.
Fellow veterans say Olsen was struck in the head by a projectile fired by police, but that hasn't been confirmed. Officials are investigating exactly where the projectile came from.
The Marine veteran, who won medals in Iraq, has become a rallying cry for the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators across the country.
Protesters also held a vigil in In Las Vegas, which drew a handful of police officers. Afterward, protesters invited the officers for a potluck dinner.
092-a-18-(Matt Howard, friend of injured protester Scott Olsen, fellow member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, in AP interview)-"with violent action"-Matt Howard, a fellow member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, says it's so unfair that Scott Olsen was injured while taking part in a protest at home. ((note length of cut)) (28 Oct 2011)
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091-a-18-(Joshua Shepherd, friend of injured veteran Scott Olsen who was with him when he was struck, fellow member of Veterans for Peace, in AP interview)-"do we respect"-Joshua Shepherd, who was with Scott Olsen when he was struck, says the scene was like a war zone, but medical help wasn't fast in coming. (28 Oct 2011)
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089-r-10-(Archive audio of concussions from possibly guns, firecrackers, and police tear gas and bean bag rounds, during the Occupy Wall Street protest in Oakland on October 25, 2011)--This is archive audio of the sound of concussions from possibly guns, firecrackers, and police tear gas and bean bag rounds, during Tuesday night's protest in Oakland, in which veteran Scott Olsen was injured. (28 Oct 2011)
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090-a-19-(Joshua Shepherd, friend of injured veteran Scott Olsen who was with him when he was struck, fellow member of Veterans for Peace, in AP interview)-"clouded even further"-Joshua Shepherd, a friend of injured veteran Scott Olsen, says once police got involved, the protest turned into chaos. ((note length of cut)) (28 Oct 2011)
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APPHOTO CANB107: About 1300 hundred people attend a candlelight vigil for Scott Olsen on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, in Oakland, Calif. During an Occupy Oakland protest Tuesday night, a projectile apparently fired by police struck the Iraq veteran in the head leaving him in critical condition with a fractured skull. (AP Photo/Noah Berger) (27 Oct 2011)
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