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The New York Post ran a strange piece on Wednesday that appears to suggest that a man beaten unconscious in Portland on Sunday by rioters might have deserved it.
The Post noted that the victim, Adam Haner, who is recovering after being dragged from his pickup truck, beaten, and brutally kicked, posted an “anti-George Floyd meme” prior to being attacked.
**Warning: Extremely graphic
Portland: A man accused of trying to run over protesters crashed his vehicle. BLM & Antifa militants then pull him from the car and violently assault him. pic.twitter.com/DiUbV9Mcy5
— Kalen From Scriberr (@FromKalen) August 17, 2020
The paper noted in its online edition:
The driver who was beaten unconscious by a Black Lives Matter mob in Portland shared an anti-George Floyd post on Facebook hours before the assault.
The post appeared on Adam Haner’s Facebook page Sunday evening, referring to the police-involved death of Floyd and the fatal shooting of 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant in North Carolina.
“George Floyd was a 46-year old felon, high on Fentanyl, and he got 4 televised funerals and 70 days of riots,” the post said. “What does 5-year old Cannon Hinnant get?”
The Post noted that “hours later,” Haner was dragged from his truck and beaten after rioters claimed he tried to run them over.
The paper also scoured Haner’s Facebook page for other posts, noting that he put up a meme that said “All lives matter” and wrote, “Would it be wrong to follow rioters home and burn down their properties? Asking for a friend.”
It’s not clear what information in the story was intended to convey, other than to suggest a link between his posts and the criminal act of nearly beating him to death, or that he might have had it coming to him because of his posts.
In an interview with Fox News, Drew Hernandez, a reporter and producer for the web show “Lives Matter,” said Haner was attacked as he attempted to drive away from Antifa and BLM rioters.
“I think he just felt extremely threatened,” Hernandez said. ”They chased him… until he finally crashed. When they finally caught up to him, they went nuts.”
He went on to note that the violence in Portland, which has occurred almost nightly for the past 80-plus days, has gotten out of hand.
“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.”
That said, there is no denying that the attack was brutal and constituted a criminal act, as the Portland Police Bureau has said.
The department is looking for Marquise Love, 25, the man suspected of delivering the roundhouse kick that sent Haner’s head thudding off the street and leaving him dazed and unconscious.
Update: PPB Identifies Suspect in High-Profile Assault, Efforts to Locate Suspect Underway (Photo) https://t.co/BPDNv50ifp pic.twitter.com/g5JfsNefBb
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) August 18, 2020
“The Portland Police Bureau is taking this assault and other incidents of violence extremely seriously,” Portland police Chief Chuck Lovell said in the statement.
“Our Detectives continue to investigate this assault as well as other acts of violence directed toward protestors, but we need more than just videos from social media. In order to hold individuals responsible for criminal acts, we need the public to provide information and refrain from tampering with evidence,” Lovell said.
As for Haner, a GoFundMe was started by his brother to help him recover and pay medical expenses.
As of this writing, more than $104,000 out of a target goal of $120,000 has been donated.
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