Driver beaten unconscious after crashing truck near Portland protests; DA says attack ‘will not be tolerated’

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PORTLAND, Ore. (NewsNation) — A graphic attack caught on video left the driver of a pickup truck unconscious after he was kicked in the head blocks away from where the bulk of the protests took place Sunday night in downtown Portland.

Police said protesters were chasing a truck before it crashed and they assaulted the driver afterward. When officers arrived at the scene, officers said the crowd was “hostile.”

The pickup truck was found on the sidewalk near Sunday’s night protests in downtown Portland. Officers said they found the driver lying in the street unconscious and bleeding, but not from the crash.

The driver suffered serious injuries and was taken to the hospital. Videos posted on social media show the driver being pulled from the truck, punched, and then kicked in the head by a man who ran up from behind. The driver immediately falls backwards and seems to be unconscious.

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Authorities are looking into what led to the attack. Multiple videos show the driver was parked nearby the protests earlier in the evening. Sunday night, witnesses told NewsNation affiliate KOIN the driver of the truck was attempting to run protesters over.

The incident “was carried out in different locations and involved many different people,” police said late Monday afternoon. There was an altercation outside the truck and a woman with the driver was punched and jumped on. That altercation, police said, may have been when the driver tried to help a robbery victim. The driver took off but was chased by people in the street. Once the truck crashed, the driver was pulled out and attacked.

“Assaults will not be tolerated in our community,” said Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt. “The videos recently posted to social media that show a person being violently pushed to the ground from behind and another person being kicked in the face are extremely concerning.”

“The actions depicted in these videos are universally rejected as wrong – and the actions are illegal. I condemn this violence. Assaults on community members and police officers undermine everything our community is doing to bring meaningful and lasting change to the criminal justice system and beyond,” Schmidt continued in a statement. “My office is coordinating with law enforcement regarding their investigation into this type of assaultive behavior. Assaults and other violent crimes will be prosecuted when the evidence supports such action.”

In a statement Portland mayor Ted Wheeler said:

“I denounce all violence, including the assaults that were filmed and posted to social media last night. The work this community and others nationally are doing towards criminal justice reform and racial justice are in an effort to make our communities safer. Assaults like these make our community less safe.”

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