The beating of a man left unconscious in the street near a Black Lives Matter demonstration in downtown Portland has shocked the conscience of countless across the country.
But the exact events leading up to Sunday night’s brutal attack on Adam Haner have remained murky amid a swirl of video snippets and social media posts. Police have identified one suspect — Marquis Love, 25 — and said they have probable cause to arrest him.
On Wednesday, Drew Hernandez, who runs the YouTube channel “Lives Matter,” published a 32-minute video that captures the clearest, most comprehensive picture to date.
Here’s a closer look at what it reveals.
Love was among a group that physically attacked and intimidated at least three people before Haner.
The video shows Love, who wears a vest that reads “Security,” and two other people confronting a man in the middle of Lownsdale Square during a Black Lives Matter rally outside the Multnomah County Justice Center one block away downtown.
“I was really just sitting here smoking,” the man can be heard saying as he tries to walk away from the trio. “I was not recording anybody.”
Love and the other two trail the man across Southwest Salmon Street and north along Fourth Avenue. One of them shoves the man to the ground and punches him in front of the 7-Eleven on Fourth Avenue and Taylor Street, where a number of other people are milling about outside.
Soon after, video shows, Love confronts a person later described by police as a transgender woman.
Over the next 15 minutes, several people among the group outside the convenience store take the woman’s skateboard and backpack, shove and hit her, and throw liquid on her body.
A group of people, including Love, later surround Haner’s white Ford truck while he’s sitting behind the wheel on Taylor Street near the northeast corner of Fourth Avenue, according to the video.
A few people in the crowd can be seen punching and tackling another woman, later identified as Tammie Martin, Haner’s girlfriend.
It remains unclear why Haner and Martin were outside the 7-Eleven.
Martin told news station FOX 12 on Tuesday that she and Haner were driving in his truck downtown to pick up her car when Haner saw the transgender woman being harassed and got out to help. However, the video shows the truck parked and Haner hanging outside the 7-Eleven at the beginning of the confrontation.
Haner does appear to intervene multiple times as people take the woman’s belongings and menace her, according to the video. He can be seen trying to stand between the woman and those targeting her and also tries to comfort the woman.
During the fracas, he is also seen casually talking with other people on the street, smoking cigarettes and drinking from a bottle of Miller High Life.
Haner’s intervention alone does not appear to be the reason why he was targeted.
The encounter between the woman outside the 7-Eleven and the group menacing her had died down for a couple of minutes when Haner can be seen moving away from the crowd and getting into his pickup, the video shows. The engine revs loudly, prompting a group of people — including Love — to approach the truck and confront Haner.
After Martin, Haner’s girlfriend, is punched and tackled in the street, some of the people get in front of the truck to stop it from driving away, according to the video. Haner’s engine revs again loudly and the truck begins to creep forward. People kick the truck and pull on its doors before Haner finally steps on the gas and speeds away west along Taylor Street.
“They were just looking to fight somebody,” Martin told FOX 12.
The video, now shot from a distance, appears to show Haner’s truck stop twice in the street as it moves west along Taylor. At least one person can be seen grabbing onto the truck as it accelerates. Others from outside the convenience store walk or jog west along Taylor and can be heard shouting at the truck. Finally, the video captures the sound of tires screeching followed by a loud crash.
After the crash, Haner is not pulled from his truck
The video shows Haner standing outside of his truck after it slammed into a tree at the intersection of Taylor Street and Broadway. “I was trying to get out of there with my old lady,” Haner can be heard saying as a crowd of people begins to gather around him. “I’m trying to get away from all the bull—-. I’m not even trying to fight y’all.”
Some in the crowd light flares and throw them near Haner’s truck, the video shows. A couple of people, including Love, tell Haner that he needs to back away from his truck and sit down. Then someone throws him to the ground.
Soon after, Haner can be heard saying: “I ain’t trying to hurt no one down there.” That’s when Love appears to begin punching and kicking Haner in the face. Later, Love can be seen running up from behind Haner and punting him in the head, knocking the man unconscious.
The attack against Haner has since generated international headlines and prompted condemnation from Portland’s elected leaders, including Mayor Ted Wheeler, City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty and Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt.
Longtime activists and protest organizers in the city have also decried the violent episode and said the assailants threatened the message behind Black Lives Matter.
“We want the public to know that we’re not those folks beating people up and robbing them,” Danialle James, a community organizer with the group Moms United for Black Lives told The Portland Mercury. “It’s a stain on the movement.”
Haner is now home and recovering from multiple injuries, according to Martin and an online crowdfunding campaign set up by his older brother. Some 3,200 people had donated over $115,000 to the GoFundMe fundraiser as of Wednesday afternoon.
Love remains at large.
— Shane Dixon Kavanaugh; 503-294-7632
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