The Media and the Left would love for you to think that this was a poor nonviolent young man who was brutalized by the Police. As has been the case with most of these OWS images, when the real back story comes out, the media narrative collapses and in many cases turns out to be 180 degrees from the truth.
Throwing things at the cops (especially batteries) is bound to get you hurt, one way or another. I don’t seem to recall any Tea Party people whipping batteriers at the police. I found it somewhat amusing and also sad that the people who scream the loudest about being nonviolent are many times the ones who also instigate it.