Oakland Protester Suffers Brain Damage

An Iraq veteran protesting at “Occupy Oakland” has been rendered unable to talk from minor brain damage after being hit in the head by what appeared to be a police projectile. A video from the scene shows Scott Olsen, 24, being hit with a tear-gas canister fired at extremely close range, though the footage is not 100 percent clear. The injury was so severe that doctors put him in a medically induced coma to reduce swelling in his brain. As of Wednesday, sources told The Guardian that he has been communicating clearly with his family in writing. Doctors said that with time he will likely make a full recovery.