Portland Police Investigating Possible Hate Crime During BLM Protests
Police in Portland, Oregon, are investigating an attack last week near Lents Park during the Black Lives Matter protests, which some witnesses claim was racially motivated.
The victim, identified by local media only as “a Black man”, had sustained an injury to his arm. When police arrived at the scene, the man told them that two white men had attacked him with metal baseball bats. A witness claimed she not only saw the attack, but heard the two men using a “derogatory term” for the man, and beat him while yelling “vicious racial slurs”. She also claimed plenty of people were walking by but did nothing.
According to Portland Police, the man gave them various accounts of what had happened, and they currently have no suspects. When news of the attack began to spread throughout the neighborhood, a protest was quickly organized at Lents Park, close to where the incident allegedly occurred.
With Portland entering its 6th week of nightly protests in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and others, reports of violence against protestors, by citizens as well as the police, have increased as well. In this particular incidence, there is only eyewitness testimony, with no video evidence available at the time of this writing. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has called for a complete overhaul of the Portland Police Department as residents continue to demand more accountability.