Posted on August 17, 2020

Driver of Crashed Truck Beaten Blocks from Downtown Portland Protests

The Oregonian, August 17, 2020

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 a few blocks away.

Portland police said they received a report that protesters were chasing the truck before its driver crashed — and that protesters assaulted the driver afterward. It wasn’t immediately clear what spurred the encounter, and police have released few details.

But a video — which contains graphic violence and language — showed a group of people kick, punch and push the man to the ground after he crashed into a light pole at Southwest Broadway and Taylor Street.


A large police response arrived later and encountered “a hostile crowd,” police said. The driver was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, and the truck was towed.


The incident remains under investigation, and no arrests have been made.