Man pulled from truck, beaten and robbed after being surrounded in Portland


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Video showed a man being restrained and beaten bloody at the scene of a crashed truck in downtown Portland late Sunday, shortly after a confrontation that unfolded near the protests held a few blocks away.

A video — which contains graphic violence and language — showed a group of people kick, punch and push to the ground a man who had been driving the truck, which had crashed into a light pole. Some tried to hold the assailants back, while others begin going through the contents of the truck. As the man sat on the ground, a person ran from behind and kicked him in the face, apparently knocking him unconscious.

Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Kevin Allen said police were told people associated with the protests had been chasing the truck before the crash, and that they assaulted him after the crash, but added it’s unclear whether that’s true.

Another video showed the man bleeding from the back of the head.

A large police response arrived later. The man was shown being loaded into an ambulance. He was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, Allen said. The truck was towed.

The incident occurred shortly before 10:30 p.m., according to dispatch records.

It was not immediately clear what happened in the moments before the crash, not the confrontation that preceded it.

Another video, edited to omit portions, showed a woman at the crash scene being tackled to the ground in the earlier incident, which unfolded near Southwest Fourth Avenue and Taylor Street. Others come to her aid. The truck, surrounded by people, some kicking it or pulling on the doors, pulls into the intersection against the light and speeds down the street toward the intersection where it crashed.

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