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Oakland Police Used ‘An Overwhelming Military-Type Response’ Against Occupy Protests, Offical Report Says

By Travis Waldron on May 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm

"Oakland Police Used ‘An Overwhelming Military-Type Response’ Against Occupy Protests, Offical Report Says"

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Oakland police used “an overwhelming military-type response” to deal with Occupy protesters that took to city streets last fall, according to a new report from an outside monitor released early this week. The report also confirmed for the first time that it was police who fired a beanbag round that hit Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen, a former Marine who was critically injured during an October protest. “We were, in some instances, satisfied with the performance of the Department; yet in others, we were thoroughly dismayed by what we observed,” the report said. A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the police department to submit a plan to deal with the numerous complaints it has received regarding its handling of the protests, Reuters reported. The police department will face sanctions from the court if it fails to submit a credible plan.

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