Portland mayor condemns "all violence" after brutal attack on pickup driver
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler condemned "all violence" in response to Sunday's brutal attack of a pickup driver who was kicked in the head by a Black Lives Matter rioter.
Police officers responded to the scene around 10:30 p.m. after being told rioters had chased a white Ford pickup truck before it crashed. Black Lives Matter supporters dragged the driver, an adult male, from the vehicle and assaulted him. Police said they found the driver bloody and unconscious on the ground.
Wheeler, who has faced criticism from both sides for how he has handled the surge of violence in his city, released a statement Monday night.
"I denounce all violence, including the assaults that were filmed and posted to social media last night," Wheeler said. "The work this community and others nationally are doing toward criminal justice reform and racial justice are in an effort to make our communities safer. Assaults like these make our community less safe."
Police said the victim was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and was recovering.
Police also said the victim may have been helping a female friend who had some of her things stolen by looters in the same area where the assault took place.
--Portland mayor condemns "all violence" after brutal attack on pickup driver | Disrn
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