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Iraq/Afghanistan vet beaten, requiring hospitalization, in Oakland Occupy

Posted by Charles II on November 4, 2011

Adam Gabbatt, The Guardian:

Kayvan Sabehgi, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, is in intensive care with a lacerated spleen. He says he was beaten by police close to the Occupy Oakland camp, but despite suffering agonising pain, did not reach hospital until 18 hours later.

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”.

He said: “My stomach was really hurting, and it got worse to the point where I couldn’t stand up.

“I was on my hands and knees and crawled over the cell door to call for help.”

A nurse was called and recommended Sabehgi take a suppository, but he said he “didn’t want to take it”.

He was allowed to “crawl” to another cell to use the toilet, but said it was clogged.

“I was vomiting and had diarrhoea,” Sabehgi said. “I just lay there in pain for hours.”

Sabehgi’s bail was posted in the mid-afternoon, but he said he was unable to leave his cell because of the pain. The cell door was closed, and he remained on the floor until 6pm, when an ambulance was called.

Who disrespects veterans? The left? Or the people who have thrown in with the 1%?

7 Responses to “Iraq/Afghanistan vet beaten, requiring hospitalization, in Oakland Occupy”

  1. Ray B. said

    Hey – sign this petition –

    Pass legislation that prevents politicians from distorting facts or outright lying about themselves or their opponent(s) during elections. This legislation should also include distorting facts or lying while promoting any piece of legislation or conducting the business of the American people.

    Politics in this country have come to rely too much on the distortion of facts or outright lies. If politicians were required to be truthful during campaigns for office as well as for pieces of legislation, the American people would be better informed and more able to make choices that truly represent their interests. The United Kingdom has a law preventing deception during political campaigns. In 2010, a British court threw out election results declaring Phil Woolas the winner because the court decided he went too far in distorting his opponents positions. Woolis claimed his opponent was receiving support from militant Muslim groups.

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    • Charles II said

      It’s an interesting concept, Ray, and one that would work in an ideal world.

      But I have to wonder how it would apply in this country, where the media called Obama a liar for saying that “many” upper income people pay lower taxes than middle class families. Many turned out to be about 25%, but since it wasn’t more than 50%, he was ::cough:: lying. Similarly, many right-wing claims that are known to be false, such as the claim that there’s a lot of doubt about global warming or that evolution is a theory on par with so-called “intelligent design” are accepted as plausible. A fair court would remove half the Republicans elected since 1994, while the very right-wing courts we have would likely remove half the Democrats.

      I think a more carefully-tailored proposal would require that a criterion for serving in Congress be that candidates and their surrogates abstain from defamation. Defamation is legally well-defined. It’s also possible that it could be passed as a rule of the House or Senate, meaning that the Supreme Court could not mess with it (although of course that leaves open another barn door, namely the fact that the Congress doesn’t like to punish its members; but maybe they could cede the power to adjudicate defamation to the courts).

  2. Get this: The Guardian broke this story.


    They had it before the Oakland TV stations did.

    My guess is that Sabeghi’s loved ones decided that if the local press was going to suppress the news of his near-death at the hands of the Oakland cops, they would have to take it to an overseas media outlet. Which says to me that the US media, at all levels, is even worse than I’d suspected.

  3. jo6pac said

    The station on the link is from Sacramento, Calif. and is owned by fuax. The Guardian was second to break the news in that KTVU in Oakland, Calif. has footage of the takedown her from their camera person..

  4. jo6pac said

    Oh I forgot yes todays media leaves a lot to be desired..

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