An Oakland police officer who shot an Occupy protester/journo with a beanbag last month has been removed from street duty along with his supervisor, pending an investigation.
Police officials have released few details about the Nov. 3 incident in which Scott Campbell, 30, was hit in the leg with a nonlethal beanbag. The Oakland resident uploaded his video to YouTube, did national television appearances and sued the Police Department in federal court.
The sources said the incident was the subject of an internal affairs investigation of the officer who fired the beanbag as well as his supervisor, Capt. Ersie Joyner III. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because the probe is a confidential personnel matter.
Despite the internal affairs probe, Campbell said no one from the Police Department had contacted him.
"I’m surprised they could investigate this incident without talking to me," he said. "I still find it outrageous that someone would feel it was appropriate to shoot someone who was posing no threat."
The Police Department’s crowd-control policy says beanbags may be used against people who pose “an immediate threat of loss of life or serious bodily injury to themselves, officers or the general public.”
Officers who fire beanbags must do so “under the direction of a supervisor,” the policy says, and a person struck by a beanbag “shall be transported to a hospital.”
Campbell states that the police did not attempt to aid him. Instead, a medic from Occupy Oakland gave him ice before others helped him into a taxi. He said he saw a doctor later in the day.