It looks like the United States Marines wanted to send a clear message to the U.S. police using the internet.
A photograph was posted on Reddit featuring Marine Jay C Gentile keeping in his right had a paper with the message “You did this to my brother” and in the left hand a picture showing badly injured Scott Olsen, a protester struck in the head by a projectile fired by police forces during Occupy Oakland demonstration on Tuesday 25 October 2011.
Mr. Olsen was hospitalized with life-threatening condition and now is in medically-induced coma.
The reddit picture is attached to the thread: “How I feel, as a United States Marine, about what occured in Oakland”. That’s not difficult to figure out what many people feel about the violence exerted by police on protesters. The comment section of the Marine’s topic says everything.
The man in the photo sent and email to a reporter asking about Scott Olsen’s condition:
Dear Mr. Johnson,
My name is Jay C Gentile, and I’m the man in the picture on BI’s front page. I’m sure you’re a busy man so I’ll try to keep my words to a minimum. I was wondering if you, as a journalist, and with the resources at your disposal, could tell me a reliable place where I can find updates about Scott Olsen’s condition. “Occupy Wallstreet” movement aside, Marines share a bond that escapes the boundaries of the English language. I’d like to be able to “check up” on this young man, my brother, and keep up with his condition.
Thank you very much,
-Jay C. Gentile