The second Iraq war veteran to be injured in the Oakland protests, Kayvan Sabeghi, was hurt Thursday morning and is in stable condition in a local hospital.The Associated Press reports that Sabeghi, 32, was walking home from the march Thursday when he was beaten by police and charged with resisting arrest (via Huffington Post).
Sabeghi’s partner in a brewery, Esther Goodstal, told the AP, “I saw he had bruises all over his body, and that’s not right. No one should treat another human being like this.”
The Oakland police spokesman did not return a call seeking comment.
Sabeghi is in fair condition following surgery on a lacerated spleen.
The Iraq war vet had been taking part in Wednesday’s march on the port, but left when it was over. “After that, he went out with his friend and had dinner,” Goodstal said.
When dinner was over, Sabeghi decided to call it a night because he had to work Thursday. He was walking home in west Oakland sometime late Wednesday or early Thursday when he encountered a line of police at the protest who wouldn’t let him through, Goodstal said.
“Literally, you (could) see his apartment,” she said. “The police for some reason … said, ‘No, you cannot pass.'” Goodstal said Sabeghi told her he tried to explain his situation and officers began hitting him with batons.
Sabeghi was booked with more than 100 people by Thursday at 3:00 p.m.
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