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Iraq War Veteran Injured During Oakland Occupy Suing Alameda County For Abuse

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Protesters rally for International Worker's Day outside the Alameda County Court House on May 1, 2012 in Oakland, California. Demonstrators have called for nation-wide May Day strikes to protest economic inequality and political corruption. (Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

Protesters rally for International Worker’s Day outside the Alameda County Court House on May 1, 2012 in Oakland, California. Demonstrators have called for nation-wide May Day strikes to protest economic inequality and political corruption. (Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

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OAKLAND (CBS/AP) — An Iraq War veteran who was seriously hurt during a police raid on an Occupy Oakland encampment last year is suing Alameda County for abuse during his 18 hours in jail.

Army veteran Kayvan Sabeghi’s lawsuit says sheriff’s jailers denied him medical care and mocked him for hours before he got treatment.

Sabeghi underwent surgery for a lacerated spleen and was hospitalized for five days.

The 33-year-old Oakland man’s lawsuit says he was taking part in the Occupy protest and was heading home when an Oakland officer clubbed him with a nightstick.

Sabeghi was arrested for investigation of remaining at the scene of a riot and he was held for 18 hours. He was never charged.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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