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UPDATE: Police say the victim may have been trying to help a transgender female before being attacked by a mob during protests.

COURTESY KOIN 6 NEWS - Social media posts of multiple videos show the driver was pulled from the truck, punched, and then while sitting in the street, kicked in the head by a man who ran up from behind. Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt said the horrifying attack caught on video that left the driver of a pickup truck hospitalized during downtown protests Sunday night "will not be tolerated."

The victim has not been identified and his condition has not been announced. He was assaulted after reportedly being chased and attacked by a crowd after crashing his truck in front of the Columbia Sportswear store on Southwest Broadway.

"Assaults will not be tolerated in our community. The videos recently posted to social media that show a person being violently pushed to the ground from behind and another person being kicked in the face are extremely concerning," Schmidtt said.

Police said investigators have learned that the victim may have been trying to help a transgender female who had some of her things stolen in the area of Southwest Taylor and 4th Avenue, the location where this incident began. That person has not been contacted and their identity is unknown. Investigators would like to speak to this person.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Brent Christensen at 503-823-2087 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Police released the following videos that show the chronology of the incident. Warning, they are graphic:

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"The actions depicted in these videos are universally rejected as wrong — and the actions are illegal. I condemn this violence. Assaults on community members and police officers undermine everything our community is doing to bring meaningful and lasting change to the criminal justice system and beyond," Schmidt said. "My office is coordinating with law enforcement regarding their investigation into this type of assaultive behavior. Assaults and other violent crimes will be prosecuted when the evidence supports such action."

According to police, at around 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 16, police responded to a crash at Southwest Broadway and Taylor Street after a white pickup hit a light pole. Officers found the driver lying in the street unconscious and bleeding, but not from the crash.

Social media posts show the driver was pulled from the truck, punched, and then while sitting in the street, kicked in the head by a man who ran up from behind. The driver immediately fell backward and seemed to be unconscious.

Authorities are looking into what led to the attack, but multiple videos show the driver was parked nearby earlier. There was an altercation outside the truck and a woman with the driver was punched and jumped on. The driver took off but was chased by people in the street.

Once the truck crashed, he was pulled out and attacked, the videos show.

"The actions depicted in these videos are universally rejected as wrong — and the actions are illegal. I condemn this violence. Assaults on community members and police officers undermine everything our community is doing to bring meaningful and lasting change to the criminal justice system and beyond," Schmidt said in a statement. "My office is coordinating with law enforcement regarding their investigation into this type of assaultive behavior. Assaults and other violent crimes will be prosecuted when the evidence supports such action."

KOIN News 6 is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. Their story with video can be found here.


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