Quan Makes Insensitive Remark To Occupy Oakland Protester Scott Olsen

Scott Olsen, right, addresses a community meeting on public safety, Mar. 6, with police consultant Bob Wasserman and Mayor Jean Quan, highlighted, looking on. PHOTO/David Colburn 

OAKLAND | Scott Olsen, the Occupy Oakland protester and Iraq War veteran, who suffered brain injuries after police shot a beanbag round at his head, says Oakland Mayor Jean told him he had “a chip on his shoulder” at the conclusion of Wednesday night’s community meeting on public safety.

Olsen said he chatted briefly with Quan as the two were exiting the meeting at City Hall featuring police consultant Bob Wasserman, when she made the comment. Olsen later tweeted, “J.Quan told me she realizes I have a chip on my shoulder. Insulting, more like a broken skull and brain trauma.”

Videos of Olsen being struck by the projectile Oct. 25, 2011 and his back story as a recent war veteran quickly became a prime example of police brutality among the Occupy Oakland movement, including across the nation and abroad.

Olsen said Thursday he admits he probably should not sent out the tweet and declined to elaborate on the exchange. “Perhaps I should have kept it private,” Olsen said.

Quan’s office was contacted for comment for this story, but has yet to respond to Olsen’s comment.

In addition, photos from the community meeting Wednesday night posted on Twitter, showed Quan more attentive to her smart phone than listening to Olsen as he addressed Wasserman and the group. Olsen later asked Wasserman what sort of example it sends to the community when police are not prosecuted for crimes they allegedly commit. Wasserman did not respond.

Categories: Bob Wasserman, Jean Quan, Oakland, Oakland police, occupyoakland, public safety, Scott Olsen

6 replies

  1. Quan's best chance for re-election involves buying a muzzle for her face.


  2. Contrary to this report by Steven Tavares, Scott Olsen did not suffer brain injuries after police “shot a tear gas canister at his head.” Rather, Olsen was struck by a drag stabilized beanbag round. The tear gas canister was lobbed into a small group of protesters who rushed to Olsen's aid AFTER he was shot.

    As for Mayor Quan's remark, if she did indeed say Olsen has “a chip on his shoulder,” that's an accurate statement. Olsen has, after all, filed a lawsuit against the City of Oakland alleging that his injuries were “intentional, despicable, oppressive, punitive and malicious … justifying an award of punitive damages.” He also seeks general and special damages, exemplary damages, plus costs and attorney's fees. Should he prevail, that will amount to a pretty big chip off his shoulder and out of the City's already strained budget.


  3. Thanks. It was first believed Olsen was struck by the canister, later found to be a beanbag round.


  4. By MW:

    If that chip on Scott Olsen's shoulder is very large, then Quan should put it in her mouth so that she would not be able to talk anymore and therefore keep on emitting stupid statements.

    And while we are on the subject of anatomy, let's shift from Olsen's shoulder to Quan's head. I cannot recall anyone accusing Quan of having a brain in her head.


  5. By MW:

    While never a fan of Jean Quan–the preeminent union ho–she definitely got it right about Olsen. He's a stooge for the ultra-left.

    If it walk like a duck, quacks like a duck, well….


  6. If by “stooge” you mean Scott Olsen is taken advantage of by those farther to the left than he,
    the latest proof is JP Massar's March 8 Daily Kos article and its many hate-filled comments. In response to what Steven Tavares here calls Jean Quan's “insensitive remark,” Berkeley resident Massar tells Oakland's mayor: “You are a sad excuse for a turd.”


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