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Onalaska native injured in Occupy protest gets settlement

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (WXOW) - An Onalaska native and Iraq War veteran who was injured during an "Occupy Oakland" rally, will receive $4.5 million in a tentative settlement with the City of Oakland.

You may remember Scott Olsen was hit in the head with a tear gas canister fired by Oakland Police during a 2011 Occupy protest.  Olsen suffered head injuries and brain damage.  The protest was part of a international movement against economic inequality and corporate excesses.

Reuters news service reports the multi-million dollar settlement still needs final approval by the city council.

Olsen was awarded seven medals while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, which he left as a lance corporal in November 2009 after serving for four years. He served two tours in Iraq, one in 2006-2007 and another in 2008. In Iraq Olsen worked as a data network specialist.  He was awarded seven medals, including the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

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