A man has reportedly been shot by a rubber bullet as Occupy Oakland was again dealt with forcefully by police. Video shows fires burning as missiles are thrown. There are reports of tear gas being used, along with some form of rapid-firing weapon and devices that cause loud bangs and flashes.
Around 40 people are reported to have been arrested so far. The wounded man has been taken to hospital but is not thought to be in a serious condition. The injury is believed to be to his knee. He’s reported to be a homeless man, and it’s not clear whether he was part of the protest group. It’s about 2am in Oakland right now and tense scenes are continuing, with fires and occasional small explosions.
Oakland has seen some of the biggest battles between protesters and police in recent weeks of the Occupy movement. Last week, an Iraq war vet named Scott Olsen was seriously injured when he was hit in the head by a tear gas canister. Olsen is believed to be making slow progress as he recovers from brain surgery.