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According to police, witnesses, and multiple video, a group of protesters beat a guy bloody and unconscious in the street during a demonstration near a Black Lives Matter demonstration in downtown Portland late Sunday night.
After his white Ford was slammed into a light pole about 10:30 p.m. near Southwest Broadway and Taylor Street, he was just blocks from a rally outside the Multnomah County Justice Center, according to footage.
Jorge Ventura, a reporter for The Daily Caller, a conservative news site based in Washington, D.C., said the driver appeared to be intoxicated when he first got out of the vehicle.
He seemed like he might have been drinking earlier in the evening, Ventura said, sharing multiple videos of the scene on Twitter. He was really disappointed.
During the confrontation, some of the crowd tried to hold the assailants back, while others began to shoot through the man's truck, according to video.
According to witnesses and several videos, a driver in a vest with 'SECURITY' printed on the front and back ran from behind and kicked the driver in the face. He was pronounced dead. According to witnesses, the driver remained on the ground with his eyes closed.
Ventura said the incident was "awfully brutal."
In news releases Monday, Portland police said they received a report of protesters chasing the truck before the driver crashed, and that the group attacked the driver. It wasn't immediately clear what caused the violent confrontation.
Several social media accounts claim that someone was attempting to flee erratically downtown and had tried to flee over protesters several times, although those accounts could not be independently verified.
Demonstrators had gathered the man's truck near a 7-Eleven a few blocks away, according to video.
According to police, the driver might have been attempting to assist someone who had their belongings stolen outside the convenience store.
Another video by Drew Hernandez, a videographer who runs the YouTube channel, showed a woman on the 7-Eleven floor wearing a blue tank top.
A truck surrounded by people, some kicking it or pulling on its doors walked toward the intersection where it crashed.
After the truck, people from the crowd followed. Video shows.
In one video, a man can be heard saying, "I'm not trying to hurt anyone."
Following the attack, some street medics tried to assist him as they urged others to call 911.
A woman in the blue tank top arrived at the scene of the crash.
According to police news reports, a few officers arrived later and encountered a "hot crowd." The driver, who was still unconscious, was taken to a hospital with severe but non-life-threatening injuries.
The connection between the driver of the truck and the woman who was tackled remains unclear. Yet Sam Pape, 28, said he saw them both outside the bar Church on Northeast Sandy Boulevard and 26th Avenue hours before the downtown confrontation.
When a woman grabbed a gas canister from the pair and took off in a separate car, Pape said. The man returned to his white Ford truck, which was parked nearby, and drink several bottles of Miller High Life he had taken away for the next half hour.
According to Pape, the man approached another person in a verbal confrontation on Northeast Sandy and pulled out a hatchet from his truck at a later date. He also yelled several racist insults at the person.
The lady was eventually brought back with the gas canister, and both were left in their separate cars.
I am completely certain that it was them, said Pape, who saw the confrontation videos the next morning.
The District Attorney for Multnomah County Mike Schmidt on Monday night condemned the incidents against a truck driver.
The actions depicted in these videos are universally dismissed as incorrect, Schmidt said in a statement. Assaults will not be tolerated in our community.
Police said the incident remains under investigation and no arrests have been made. Anyone with information is requested to contact Det. Brent Christensen at 503-823-2087 or at.
Lizzy Acker and Jim Ryan of The Oregonian/OregonLive have contributed to this study.
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