Truck driver beaten by crowd during Sunday protest downtown
Police say a driver was assaulted and hospitalized after crashing his truck in downtown Portland during a Sunday night protest.
According to police, protesters were chasing the truck before it crashed into a tree in front of the Columbia Sportwear store on Southwest Broadway. When Central Precinct officers responded to a report of the crash at Southwest Broadway and Taylor Street, they encountered a hostile crowd.
A squad from the Portland Police Rapid Response Team attempted to secure the scene. The driver was transported to the hospital by ambulance with serious injuries.
Video posted on social media show a man being forced to kneel in the street next to the crashed truck before being kicked and beaten apparently unconscious by a crowd.
Witnesses on the scene told KOIN 6 the driver of the truck was attempting to run protesters over.
Later in the evening, "Black Lives Matter" chants continued outside the Justice Center, led by activist and hate crime survivor Demetria Hester. A few dozen people joined in and someone set the rhythm of the chants with a drum.
Police said at one point in the night, they received reports of a group committing assaults near Southwest Fourth Avenue and Taylor Streets. The police response was reportedly complicated by a hostile group, however.
The crash is under investigation and no arrests were immediately made.
Earlier in the evening, the mother of Patrick Kimmons, a Black man shot and killed by Portland police in 2018, spoke to protesters outside the Justice Center in downtown Portland at the beginning of the 80th consecutive night of demonstrations in the city.
Letha Winston started her "A Change is Going to Come" speech around 7 p.m. During her talk, she said she wouldn't stop fighting for justice for her son.
"I will continue my mission for justice to hold police accountable for murders … by any means necessary," said Winston in front of the Justice Center.
Police shot Kimmons, 27, on Sept. 30, 2018, near Southwest Fourth and Harvey Milk Street. The investigation into his death revealed that moments before officers fired at him, Kimmons shot two people during a fight. Police said he was armed and refused to listen to commands.
A grand jury ruled the officers' actions were justified, but Kimmons' mother Letha Winston has continued fighting for police to change their use-of-force protocol, arguing it was excessive to shoot her son nine times.
KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune and contributed to this story. Their story can be found here.
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