Shocking Video of Second Iraq War Vet Wounded by Oakland Police

I recently wrote about the case of Kayvan Sabehgi:

...after a rousing, peaceful day of demonstrations culminated in the Port of Oakland being “occupied,” things once again became violent on the streets of Oakland. During that action, Kayvan Sabehgi, also a veteran of the Iraq war, ended up in intensive care with a ruptured spleen. Sabehgi told the Guardian that he was walking alone, away from the action when he ran into trouble. 

"There was a group of police in front of me," he told the Guardian from his hospital bed. "They told me to move, but I was like: 'Move to where?' There was nowhere to move.

"Then they lined up in front of me. I was talking to one of them, saying 'Why are you doing this?' when one moved forward and hit me in my arm and legs and back with his baton. Then three or four cops tackled me and arrested me."

Sabehgi says he lay on the floor of a jail cell writhing in pain for hours until finally receiving medical attention the following evening.

Here's video of the incident. As you watch it remember that the rule of thumb in use-of-force cases is that police are prohibited from applying more physical force than is necessary to accomplish a legitimate law enforcement task. When they exceed that measure, they're committing a crime. 

AlterNet / By Joshua Holland

Posted at November 18, 2011, 10:47am

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