Black Lives Matter is back in the news after a disabled war veteran in Portland revealed that he was attacked and beaten by a group of BLM agitators last week – leaving him hospitalized with life threatening injuries.
Joe Hall, 53, said that BLM protesters allegedly armed with rifles surrounded his car when he exited his work truck, Fox 12 in Portland reported.
Hall said he was driving through the area after finishing a job to his next one, when the crowd stopped his work truck as they blocked the road — something the radical group has gotten all too comfortable doing especially in cities like Portland where the liberal leadership allows them free reign.
“All of a sudden these agitators come out, screaming, pounding on my truck,” Hall told the Fox station, adding that when he tried to drive around the group, he stopped because he thought he hit something with his vehicle.
“By this time I’ve got five people surrounding my vehicle, AR-15s, AK-47s,” Hall, who served in the Marine Corps and Army, recalled. “I pulled my .38 out of my right pocket and pointed it at the ground and told them if a weapon points at me again, I will shoot to eliminate the threat.”
Hall said that someone then tackled him and grabbed his pistol before the group started kicking and hitting him, according to the station.
Describing his injuries, the veteran said he suffered a “partially collapsed left lung” along with broken ribs, a broken collarbone, head trauma, and spinal injuries.
“It looked like he was face down and then people were kneeling on top of him,” a witness said to the Fox affiliate.
Social media footage posted last week showed Black Lives Matter and Antifa agitators surrounding vehicles on a road. In one instance, one of the agitators smashed a person’s van and held them at gunpoint.
Following the brutal attack, Hall echoed the sentiments of many other residents of the city by saying he’s now leaving for good. “I’m done, I’m done working in Portland,” Hall told Fox12. “I’m shutting my business down and I’m probably not going to be coming back.”
Several weeks ago, Portland’s spineless Mayor Ted Wheeler made a desperate plea to the public to help identify Antifa agitators and demonstrators who engaged in acts of violence following years of allowing them to run the city.
“They want to burn,” Wheeler said in a video in late April. “They want to bash, like they did to the nonprofit Boys and Girls Club in Northeast. Really they want to intimidate. They want to assault.”
Wheeler added: “If BLM leaders can show the courage to stand up to this mob, then we all should … Make a stand and take our city back.”
Earlier in the month, heavy riots took place in Portland on a day that holds significance for communists and other far-left ideologues.
A group of more than 100 individuals, many carrying shields, marched to City Hall, where they began smashing windows and using spray paint to scrawl various messages on the building.
Police officers declared a riot and ordered the crowd to disperse, but the mob instead began marching in the streets, blocking traffic, and damaging private businesses. Some members of the crowd used umbrellas to obscure the crimes being committed.
Known Antifa accounts were promoting the “direct action” event on social media prior to it happening. Additionally, people who have been arrested at previous riots in Portland and people who have been linked to Antifa were at the riot on May 1.
Another group near the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in south Portland swelled to over 60 people just before midnight. As officers tried to make an arrest, a man in the crowd pulled out a knife.
At least five people were arrested on charges including riot, criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct. One of the men was found to be carrying a hammer and a hand sling along with instructions for making a sling.
Author: Matthew Whin