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Iraq war veteran, Wis. native, Occupy Wall street protestor condition upgraded


OAKLAND, CA, WI (WTAQ) - An Iraq War veteran from the La Crosse area is getting better today, after he fractured his skull during a protest in Oakland California on Tuesday night. 24-year-old Scott Olsen of Onalaska was taken off the critical list – and he’s now in fair condition at an Oakland hospital. He was moved to an intensive care unit today, but his mother from La Crosse says she expects a full recovery. Olsen was hurt during an “Occupy Wall Street” protest. The demonstrators were trying to re-establish a presence at an abandoned protestors’ camp when they got tangled up with police. He was struck by an undisclosed object. But witnesses said it might have been a police rubber bullet – and Oakland’s police chief says officials are investigating to see whether officers used excessive force. Olsen is a two-time Iraq War veteran, but friends said he was upset with how the effort was going. He ended up joining the Iraq Veterans Against the War. Olsen’s uncle, George Nygaard, told the AP he was appalled by the officers’ actions. Olsen’s parents headed to California today to be with him. Since the incident, his name has been a rallying point for protestors throughout the country. In New York City, a march was held in support of the Occupy group in Oakland. The Web site OccupyWallStreet.org said quote, “We are all Scott Olsen.”