SAN FRANCISCO - A US Army veteran and Occupy Oakland protester was in intensive care on Friday with severe injuries after police hit him with batons during clashes with demonstrators this week, a veterans peace group said.
The veteran, Kayvan Sabeghi, was the second former American serviceman to be badly hurt in the past two weeks in confrontations between anti-greed protesters and police in Oakland.
Highland General Hospital confirmed Sabeghi was a patient in the intensive care unit and Brian Kelly, who co-owns a brew pub business with him, said he was being treated for a lacerated spleen.
The group Iraq Veterans Against the War said Sabeghi was detained at the scene of disturbances that erupted late on Wednesday in downtown Oakland and was charged with resisting arrest and remaining present at the place of a riot.
The veterans group said in a statement that police struck him with nightsticks on his hands, shoulders, ribs and back and that he suffered from internal bleeding and a lacerated spleen.