Oakland Police Strike Army Ranger With Nightsticks On His Back, Ribs, Shoulders and Hands, Lacerating His Spleen and Causing Internal Bleeding … Then Deny Him Medical Treatment for 18 Hours


Police Lacerate Army Ranger’s Spleen and Cause Internal Bleeding … Then Deny Him Medical Treatment for 18 Hours

Reuters notes:

A former U.S. Army Ranger and Occupy Oakland protester was in intensive care on Friday after a veterans group said he was beaten by police during clashes with demonstrators this week.

The veteran, identified as Kayvan Sabeghi, was the second former American serviceman during the past two weeks to be badly hurt in confrontations between anti-Wall Street protesters and police in Oakland.

The group Iraq Veterans Against the War said Sabeghi was detained during disturbances that erupted late on Wednesday in downtown Oakland and was charged with resisting arrest and remaining present at the place of a riot.

Highland General Hospital confirmed that Sabeghi was a patient in the intensive care unit there.

Brian Kelly, who co-owns a brew pub with Sabeghi, said his business partner served as an Army Ranger in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said Sabeghi told him he was arrested and beaten by a group of policemen as he was leaving the protest to go home.

“He told me he was in the hospital with a lacerated spleen and that the cops had jumped him,” Kelly said. “They put him in jail, and he told them he was injured, and they denied him medical treatment for about 18 hours.”

The Guardian reports:

Kayvan Sabehgi, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, is in intensive care with a lacerated spleen. He says he was beaten by police close to the Occupy Oakland camp, but despite suffering agonising pain, did not reach hospital until 18 hours later.


Sabehgi told the Guardian from hospital he was walking alone along 14th Street in central Oakland – away from the main area of clashes – when he was injured.

“There was a group of police in front of me,” he told the Guardian from his hospital bed. “They told me to move, but I was like: ‘Move to where?’ There was nowhere to move.

“Then they lined up in front of me. I was talking to one of them, saying ‘Why are you doing this?’ when one moved forward and hit me in my arm and legs and back with his baton. Then three or four cops tackled me and arrested me.”

Sabeghi … said he was handcuffed and placed in a police van for three hours before being taken to jail. By the time he got there he was in “unbelievable pain”.


Sabehgi was due to undergo surgery on Friday afternoon to repair his spleen, which would involve using a clot or patch to prevent internal bleeding.


Some protesters had set fire to a hastily assembled barrier at the corner of 16th Street and Telegraph, in a bid to prevent access to the occupied building, but police drove demonstrators away from 16th Street using tear gas, flashbang grenades, and non-lethal rounds.

Sabehgi said he had not been in the occupied building, and was walking away from the main area of trouble when he was injured.

He said he had his arms folded and was “totally peaceful” before being arrested.

Local San Francisco ABC affiliate KOFY News interviewed Sabehgi’s sister tonight, who said that Sabehgi lived near Frank Ogawa Plaza (the center of the Occupy protests), and was walking home Wednesday night away from violence when police stopped him. Sabehgi said that police ordered him to walk in another direction, and he simply asked “why?”

In response, according to Sabehgi’s sister, the police beat him mercilessly with batons.

Sabehgi was then kept in a holding cell for 18 hours. Despite begging to see a doctor, Sabehgi was refused medical assistance. Instead, according to Sabehgi, his jailors accused Sabehgi without any cause of being a heroin addict and alcoholic and – instead of providing medical help for his severe injuries  – told him to stop taking heroin.

There is apparently a videotape of the incident (KOFY noted that “police are reviewing video of the incident”).

Given the outcry over the unprovoked injury of Marine veteran Scott Olsen – which has caused veterans from all over the country to come out to support the protesters  – Sabehgi’s treatment by the police could generate even more support for the protests.

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  • jo6pac


    When you have anything you want to see in Oakland, Calif. try here. They aren’t own by fuax and have their own news team.

  • Wooten Berston

    So, the incredibly intelligent officers, having pissed off the entire Marine Corps are now pissing off the Rangers. Who are they going to attack next, a SEAL?

    These guys sure like to make serious enemies.

    • Yunior

      I concur with you.
      I don’t think a seal would let his rights be abused by anyone, if so, he would retaliate with the wrath he was trained to do so. Police need to be policed by REAL police men. if there is such a thing anymore.

  • It was so recent when they said they were going to stop the brutality. Sounds like the 1% have some plants inside the Oakland Police Department.

    • j r

      The 1% own the Oakland PD as well as the PD in your town. They “serve and protect” the 1% from everyone else. There are no honorable police anymore, they are all thugs.

  • RobertM

    I can honestly think of nothing more despicable than what the Oakland police are doing. There is nothing more anti-American than beating a veteran on his way home just because they they think they can get away with it. They are inviting violence upon themselves. They know fully well that the movement has tried its best to be non-violent and peaceful but I don’t know how much longer that will hold. What the Oakland police are doing is a disservice to all who wear the badge and serve honorably.

  • RobertUSMC

    A few days back I was listening in on a converstion in a local pub among a large group of men in their late 30’s and 40’s who were questioning what they believed were the beginnngs of a police state. The comments were quite serious as some had mentioned the nazi and communist attitude among most police today that they think they are above the law and rather the law itself. One fellow said tht when the “shit hits the fan there won’t be a rock for any cop to hide under as we will hunt down every single one of them along with the rest of the crooks and take them out”. From the looks and comments of others it seemed that many of these men were former army, marines, and military who seemed to be reading themselves for an eventful confrontation or revolution. I finished my beer and thought what if this really comes to be?

  • War Veteran

    “This brutality he claims he suffered.” Oh did he maybe pretend to rupture his spleen and go to intensive care? You reporters need to be on the right side of these things before having an Oakland cops head on a stick becomes a commodity item. Don’t forget to target some Air Force and Navy too Oakland “P.D.”. Peacekeeping is clearly not part of your job description. Maybe WW3 can start in your town. I know a few million veterans that are eager to come visit you there. Keep pushing it.

  • xxx

    it would all stop immediately if people responded correctly


  • JC

    As a former soldier and someone who is starting to despise these “C Students with Guns” as we used to call cops when we were in High School, this sort of thing doesn’t surprise me… but it does scare the hell out of me and gets me a little angry

    Dumb cops are extremely dangerous, especially when they are mobbed up. An awful lot of people are going to get hurt if this crap keeps up. All we can do is hope more cops get hurt than citizens.

  • S Lloyd

    I have just one thing to say to all the pissed off veterans and active military and out there: Oathkeepers.org. Sign up, but with fair warning, you WILL be put on DHS terror watch list when you do.

  • Commander Clash

    The line of blue blood will make it almost certain that administrative leave will be the worst of the punishment. In other words a paid vacation.
    Stand Up! Speak Out! Never Be Silenced!
    Commander Clash

  • Ready

    Isn’t it interesting how these things aren’t happening in the deep south? Could it be that the cops have somehow gotten the idea that people down here might show up armed and willing to use lethal force? You’d be amazed at some of the stories of disappearing cops in New Orleans after Katrina who were confiscating weapons…funny how that never made the news.

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  • Seanoamericano

    Is it no wonder that cops are being beaten up off duty or targeted like the 4 in the restaurant.