Rioter Caught Punching And Attacking Portland Police Officer On Camera
A Portland Police Officer was surrounded and attacked by rioters shortly after the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial was announced Tuesday.
“Don’t f—ing touch me, dude,” a man in black yells at the police officer as he tries to get past him on the street. “You stepped in front of my bike,” the officer responds. Multiple rioters dressed in black began approaching and shouting at the officers who were on bikes. Shortly after the man in black hits the officer, other rioters join in, taking the officer to the ground. A loudspeaker is heard announcing that the area must be cleared immediately while rioters continued to shout and engage with the officers.
The Portland Police posted the encounter on Twitter early Wednesday morning.
“An Officer is surrounded and punched in the face and ends up on the ground on his back with the suspect on top. This was a very dangerous situation. Subject was arrested.”.
The man who struck the officer has been identified as 36-year-old Randy Gray, according to Fox 12. Gray was arrested Tuesday evening after the incident occurred along with Kenneth Harold, who reportedly was also involved in the incident.
Protestors gathered in cities all over the country in anticipation of the Chauvin verdict. Protests in Brooklyn Center, MN, devolved into riots with demonstrators clashing with police following the shooting of Daunte Wright on April 11th when a police officer mistook her gun for a taser.
Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was charged with the murder of George Floyd, was found guilty of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. Chauvin is being held at a Minnesota maximum-security prison while he awaits sentencing.