Man who filmed random attack on truck driver says Portland is 'like a Third World country;

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'It was like the Third World': Man who filmed BLM attack on truck driver in Portland says angry mob chased victim for trying to stop a mugging and 'when they finally caught up to him, they went nuts'

  • Man was dragged bleeding from his truck after crashing into a tree Sunday night
  • Drew Hernandez captured the incident and shared the now-viral footage
  • In an interview, he has said that the incident was 'violent, extremely violent' 
  • Driver was made to sit down on the ground and told to wait for police to arrive 
  • Moments later one of the rioters kicked him square in the back of the head 
  • Riots have lasted for months in Oregon's largest city since George Floyd's death

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The man who recorded a sickening assault on a truck driver on Sunday night in Portland has said the Oregon city feels like a 'third world country.'

Drew Hernandez captured the incident, near a federal courthouse, which saw the driver kicked unconscious after he was chased by a mob, causing him to crash.

Speaking to Fox News, Hernandez said the man was possibly defending a transgender woman being beaten and robbed by the protesters, when the group turned their attention to the driver and his female companion.

Drew Hernandez, who filmed the incident on his cell phone, has spoken of his experience of being in Portland on Sunday night, saying 'sometimes it feels like you're walking in a Third World country'

The unnamed man then got into his truck and drove away as he and the woman became a target, but crashed in the pursuit, Hernandez said.   

'I think he just felt extremely threatened,' Hernandez said in an interview. 'They chased him... until he finally crashed. When they finally caught up to him, they went nuts.

'This was violent, extremely violent,' he said. 'Sometimes I forget I'm walking the streets of an American city in the Northwest. Sometimes it feels like you're walking in a Third World county.'   

The video Hernandez filmed, which has since been shared widely online, shows the gut-wrenching moment the truck driver was kicked unconscious by a protester.

The incident took place just blocks a way from a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Oregon's capital, taking place out the front of the federal courthouse.

After demonstrators hauled the man out of his truck after he crashed it into a tree, he appeared dazed and was bleeding profusely from the head when he was made to sit on the ground and told 'wait for police to arrive.' 

The man, who some rioters claimed had driven at them, was then knocked clean unconscious by a vicious roundhouse kick delivered to the side of his head from behind.

As he lay unconscious on the ground, shouts of 'Black Lives Matter' were heard as other protesters attempted to provide first aid. 

Hernandez said that after violence erupted on Sunday - which has become a nightly occurrence in the city - groups of protesters have attacked random bystanders.

'It's literally like just one thing after another,' he said. 'Just these random people, they start physically assaulting.'

Man who filmed random attack on truck driver says Portland is 'like a Third World country;

A rioter wearing a shirt with the word 'Security' on it, delivered a sickening kick to the man's head from behind as he sat facing the other way in Portland, Oregon on Sunday night

Man who filmed random attack on truck driver says Portland is 'like a Third World country;

The man, accused of driving at demonstrators, was commanded to sit on the ground and wait for police to arrive

The crashed car and the subsequent assault was the culmination of a series events, Hernandez told the news station, which started outside a convenience store further up the street from where the car crashed.

He explains that initially, another man was being harassed by a group of protesters, who had asked him to leave a speaking event because he was filming, before chasing him up the road.

Once at the convenience store, another woman stepped in - who Hernandez believes to have been transgender - before she was also attacked by the group.

It was at the point, Hernandez says, that the man who was shown being kicked in the video stepped in to stop the group from assaulting the woman.

However, he and a female companion became the target of the group. 

The man got into his truck and drove away, but was chased down the street for two or three blocks before crashing into a tree, Hernandez explained, leading to the the events seen in the video unfolding.

Man who filmed random attack on truck driver says Portland is 'like a Third World country;

After the man was knocked out by the kick, other demonstrators came to glower over his motionless body and shout obscenities 

Man who filmed random attack on truck driver says Portland is 'like a Third World country;

Just moments before the man was kicked in the head, facing the other direction, as his assailant rushes in

While the man was on the floor, others began ransacking the man's truck and when questioned by others, explained that they were simply 'checking for weapons.'  

Sgt. Kevin Allen, a police spokesman, said that the rioters 'were chasing the truck before it crashed, and they assaulted the driver after the crash.'

The man was rushed to hospital and there has not yet been an update on his condition. 

Sgt Allen said that officers 'encountered a hostile crowd and a squad from the Rapid Response Team responded to help secure the scene while the investigation was underway.'  

Video showed demonstrators abusing riot police who arrived, shouting at the officers for 'protecting white supremacists' 

Man who filmed random attack on truck driver says Portland is 'like a Third World country;

Before the man was knocked out he was made to sit on the floor by the aggressive mob

Man who filmed random attack on truck driver says Portland is 'like a Third World country;

Protesters eventually came to the man's aide and he was rushed away by an ambulance 

Earlier footage shows the truck parked outside a 7-Eleven, with some rioters kicking it and attacking the man through the window, as others shout, 'He didn't do nothing.' 

The truck then begins speeding away down the street, before crashing into the tree a few blocks away. 

Andy Ngo, a video journalist, tweeted several videos and explained that the driver had been assisting a woman who was beaten and robbed.

'The man who tried to protect her was later beaten himself & kicked unconscious.' Ngo tweeted.

Drew Hernandez, a journalist who was at the scene, tweeted: 'Here is what took place before the man crashed his car into a tree here in Downtown Portland BLM thugs began to harass and physically assault him and his female partner in the street for defending someone they robbed. He then began to drive away to evade them.'

Man who filmed random attack on truck driver says Portland is 'like a Third World country;

The man's truck collided with a tree and he appeared dazed as he was ordered out of his vehicle

Man who filmed random attack on truck driver says Portland is 'like a Third World country;

A group attended to the man while others stand at range, taking pictures with their phones

Man who filmed random attack on truck driver says Portland is 'like a Third World country;

First aiders attending the riots in Oregon's captial attending to the man after he was dragged from the middle of the street onto the sidewalk

Separately, a protest that began Sunday evening was led by Letha Winston, whose son Patrick Kimmons, 27, was fatally shot by Portland police in 2018.

The group marched through downtown and ended up outside the Mark O.

Hatfield U.S. Courthouse where people left flowers and candles beside a photo of Kimmons.

Demonstrations, often violent, have happened nightly in Portland for more than two months following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Participants have repeatedly broken into the offices of the Portland Police Association, vandalized them and set fires.

Overnight Saturday a riot was declared and police used crowd control munitions, including smoke, to disperse a gathering outside a law enforcement building.

Authorities said people had thrown 'softball size' rocks, glass bottles and other objects at officers. Two police officers were treated at the hospital after being hit by rocks.

Eleven people were arrested.

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