Oakland police said they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the arrest of U.S. Army veteran Kayvan Sabeghi, who was hospitalized after the arrest during this week’s Occupy Oakland protests.

Sabeghi, 32, an owner of the El Cerrito brewpub Elevation 66, told fellow Occupy Oakland protesters that he was walking away from a police raid early Thursday morning when officers struck him with batons.

Sabeghi claimed he was in severe pain while in jail for hours before he received medical treatment, according to a fellow protester and acquaintance of Sabeghi who asked to remain anonymous.

He was taken to Highland Hospital where he underwent surgery today, protesters said.
Sabeghi is the second veteran who was injured during Occupy Oakland protests. Scott Olsen, an Iraq war veteran, suffered a fractured skull when he was struck by a police projectile on Oct. 25, according to a statement by Iraq Veterans Against War.

Oakland police today said that the incident is under investigation and are asking anyone with information to call the Major Crimes Section at (510) 238-3821.

Erika Heidecker, Bay City News

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