In Critical Condition, Beaten by Police, Attack Not During Demonstration
A former Army Ranger and owner of a local Oakland pub, Kayvan Sabeghi, 32, was attacked by a gang of armed police while walking near his home last night in Oakland. The decorated Iraq War veteran and former Army Ranger is thought to have been picked out by police because he “looked foreign.”
Sabeghi, who suffered a life threatening ruptured spleen in the unprovoked, racially motivated hate crime, was then arrested for “resisting arrest” and denied medical care. Perhaps the police had made a mistake and the real crime was “walking home” and “resisting arrest” was a secondary charge.
Sabeghi, though near death, was held without medical treatment for hours even after bail had been posted.
Hours later, he was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he remains in Intensive Care.
Though Sabeghi is a decorated war veteran, a group often singled out by police out of “insecurity,” this attack also is a likely “hate crime” as well, requiring a federal response.
This is the second attack on a Iraq War veteran in the last few days. Marine Scott Olsen was shot in the head with a metal tear gas canister during last weeks peaceful demonstration. While Olsen lay injured, Oakland police threw concussion grenades at his limp body. Olsen suffered a fractured skull and other injuries. His assaults were filmed but Oakland authorities refuse to review them or discuss the issue.
Despite optimistic pronouncements, there is little chance Olsen will have a complete recovery from his injuries.
This is now two episodes of use of lethal force against military veterans by Oakland police. The last incident may indicate a pattern of targeting of military personnel or veterans by police.
The Oakland department has a long history of corruption, bribery and police misconduct, and, though one of the highest paid in the nation, is rated as one of the poorest performing.
Demonstrations this week have brought out crowds of over 100,000 while gangs of armed police hide in the shadows and hunt down stragglers for arrest, assault and possible robbery.
Last week, police claimed crowds were carrying illegal assault weapons and firebombs but a careful analysis of literally thousands of hours of video proved these statements, meant to provide a sane rationale for police misconduct, to have been false.
We recommend that anyone walking through Oakland stay with groups of more than 5, film all police officers in their vicinity and expect assault, arrest or worse at the hands of what had once been a police department and is now little but a shameful mob of anti-American degenerates.
Veterans Today strongly suggests that the people of Oakland petition the board of elections on behalf of a ballot initiative to eliminate all collective bargaining for Oakland police, lower staffing levels by 40%, lower salaries by 35% and end all overtime. We have generally been opposed to such ballot efforts, such as Issue 2 in Ohio’s upcoming election on Tuesday but feel the Oakland Police have not performed up to reasonable professional standards and the elimination of their bargaining unit and benefits package, including the accrual of sick days and back vacation, may remind them who it is that pays their salary.
Where else can we be certain that cutting police presence is certain to lower the crime rate?
If police are going to act like third rate security guards, they can get paid like them.
Posted by Gordon Duff, Senior Editor on November 5, 2011, With Reads Filed under Veterans. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.