The protesting vet who was injured by police in Oakland will have to have brain surgery. He was in critical condition but has been upgraded to fair. It is not know if he has regained consciousness.
Olsen’s roommate Keith Shannon, who served with him in Iraq, said Olsen would be undergoing surgery “within a day or two”.
Shannon, who lives with Olsen in Daly City, a city south of San Francisco, said it was “great” that Olsen had been upgraded to “fair” status, but said concerns remained as to whether he may have suffered brain damage.
He was sedated upon arrival at the hospital on Tuesday night. His parents flew in from Wisconsin and were at his bedside on Thursday.
Oakland’s police chief Howard Jordan has promised a vigorous investigation into the incident which has provoked heavy criticism across the US, sparking solidarity marches in dozens of Occupy camps in the country.