PPB: Lyft driver assault investigated as hate crime
Portland police are investigating after a local ride-share driver for Lyft was allegedly targeted due to their gender identity.
Central Precinct officers responded to reports of assault around 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 6 near the corner of Southwest 18th Avenue and Salmon Street.
Police say the Lyft driver was assaulted by a male passenger who made comments "related to the driver's gender identity" during the incident.
In a statement, a spokeswoman for Lyft said the driver's experience was "frightening," and said the involved rider's access to Lyft's app had been "permanently removed."
"Safety is fundamental to Lyft," the statement said. "We responded immediately and have been in close contact with the driver since the incident to offer our support. We have reached out to the authorities and will continue to help in anyway we can."
The driver is said to be suffering from a non-life-threatening injury. Police say the incident is being investigated as a bias crime, which is the technical term for a hate crime.
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