This is the sickening moment a truck driver was kicked unconscious after protesters chased his vehicle and he crashed into the sidewalk in Portland.
Just blocks a way from a black rights demonstration in Oregon’s capital, demonstrators hauled a man out of his truck after he crashed it into a tree last night.
He appeared dazed and was bleeding profusely from the head when he was made to sit on the ground and told ‘wait for police to arrive.’
The man, who some rioters claimed had driven at them, was then knocked clean out by a vicious roundhouse kick delivered to the back of his head.
As he lay unconscious on the ground, shouts of ‘Black Lives Matter’ were heard as other protesters attempted to provide first aid.
A rioter wearing a shirt with the word ‘Security’ on it, delivered a sickening kick to the man’s head as he sat facing the other way in Portland, Oregon last night
The man, accused of driving at demonstrators, was commanded to sit on the ground and wait for police to arrive
After the man was knocked out by the kick, other demonstrators came to glower over his motionless body and shout obscenities
Just moments before the man was kicked in the head, facing the other direction, as his assailant rushes in
Others began ransacking the man’s truck and when questioned by others, explained that they were simply ‘checking for weapons.’
Sgt. Kevin Allen, a police spokesman, said that the rioters ‘were chasing the truck before it crashed, and they assaulted the driver after the crash.’
The man was rushed to hospital and there has not yet been an update on his condition.
Sgt Allen said that officers ‘encountered a hostile crowd and a squad from the Rapid Response Team responded to help secure the scene while the investigation was underway.’
Video showed demonstrators abusing riot police who arrived, shouting at the officers for ‘protecting white supremacists’
Earlier footage shows the truck parked outside a 7-Eleven, with some rioters kicking it and attacking the man through the window, as others shout, ‘He didn’t do nothing.’
The truck then begins speeding away down the street, before crashing into the tree a few blocks away.
Andy Ngo, a video journalist, tweeted several videos and explained that the driver had been assisting a woman who was beaten and robbed.
‘The man who tried to protect her was later beaten himself & kicked unconscious.’ Ngo tweeted.
Drew Hernandez, a journalist who was at the scene, tweeted: ‘Here is what took place before the man crashed his car into a tree here in Downtown Portland BLM thugs began to harass and physically assault him and his female partner in the street for defending someone they robbed. He then began to drive away to evade them.’
Before the man was knocked out he was made to sit on the floor by the aggressive mob
Protesters eventually came to the man’s aide and he was rushed away by an ambulance
The man’s truck collided with a tree and he appeared dazed as he was ordered out of his vehicle
A group attended to the man while others stand at range, taking pictures with their phones
Separately, a protest that began Sunday evening was led by Letha Winston, whose son Patrick Kimmons, 27, was fatally shot by Portland police in 2018.
The group marched through downtown and ended up outside the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse where people left flowers and candles beside a photo of Kimmons.
Demonstrations, often violent, have happened nightly in Portland for more than two months following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
First aiders attending the riots in Oregon’s captial attending to the man after he was dragged from the middle of the street onto the sidewalk
Participants have repeatedly broken into the offices of the Portland Police Association, vandalized them and set fires.
Overnight Saturday a riot was declared and police used crowd control munitions, including smoke, to disperse a gathering outside a law enforcement building.
Authorities said people had thrown ‘softball size’ rocks, glass bottles and other objects at officers. Two police officers were treated at the hospital after being hit by rocks. Eleven people were arrested.