Oakland settles with vet hurt in Occupy protest



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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The city of Oakland has agreed to settle a claim by an Iraq War veteran who was beaten by a police officer during an Occupy Oakland protest two years ago.

According to the Oakland Tribune, the City Council on Tuesday unanimously agreed to pay $645,000 to Kayvan Sabeghi, 34, who underwent surgery for a lacerated spleen and was hospitalized for five days.

Sabeghi's lawsuit claimed sheriff's jailers denied him medical care and mocked him before he got treatment during his 18 hours in custody.

He had been arrested for remaining at the scene of a riot, but he was never charged.

The Tribune reports ( http://bit.ly/IF9kFf) that the sum is the largest awarded so far to anyone injured during a string of Occupy Oakland protests in late 2011 and early 2012.

The settlement must be ratified by the council at its next public meeting before it becomes official.

Sabeghi, who co-owned a brewpub in El Cerrito at the time of the attack, could not be reached for comment.

In July, the city agreed to pay $1.17 million to resolve 12 Occupy-related claims.

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Information from: The Oakland Tribune, http://www.oaklandtribune.com

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