Cops hunt Marquise Love, 25, in connection with shocking video showing driver dragged from pickup and beaten unconscious
COPS are hunting a 25-year-old man in connection with a video showing him beating driver unconscious.
Portland Police Bureau launched a manhunt for Marquise Love due to his alleged involvement in the shocking assault at a Black Lives Matter rally.
The driver was allegedly pulled from his truck and beaten unconscious by BLM protesters, who claimed he had been trying to run them over.
The victim, who hasn't been identified, was driving a pickup truck near protesters in Portland, Oregon, and crashed it into a sidewalk in the downtown area on Sunday night.
He was then pulled from the car before Love allegedly punched and kicked in the head.
A press release stated that cops have made several attempts to reach 25-year-old Love – aka "Keese Love" – to no avail.
Police said they have probable cause for his arrest.
Shortly before 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, police responded to a 911 call from someone who reported that protesters “chased a white Ford” four-by-four truck, which then crashed in the downtown area.
Protesters then dragged the driver out of the vehicle, one caller stated.
Another told police an estimated nine to 10 people began “beating the guy,” the caller stated.
Graphic video posted to Twitter shows a group of protesters throwing the man to the ground before one violently kicks him in the head, which appears to knock him unconscious.
Other video shows medics tending to the man, who can be seen bleeding from the head.
One of the people helping the man shouts for bystanders to call 911.
Protesters claimed the man was trying to hit them with his car before the violent altercation, the Washington Post reported.
However, the driver denied that he was targeting protesters.
In one of the videos, he can be heard saying, "I ain’t tryna hurt no one," before he was knocked out.
A woman who was with the man can be seen sobbing and asking why he's bleeding in another video of the clash.
Police were called to the area, which was several blocks away from a rally in front of the Justice Center in Portland, around 10.30pm on Sunday, according to a statement from the Portland Police Bureau.
"The report said protesters were chasing the truck before it crashed, and they assaulted the driver after the crash," Sgt Kevin Allen told The Post.
"The driver was transported to the hospital by ambulance with serious injuries."
Portland has been the home to daily protests for nearly three months, since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May.
The report said protesters were chasing the truck before it crashed, and they assaulted the driver after the crash.
While protests have been mostly peaceful, violence has broken out on several occasions, typically after dark.
Journalist Drew Hernandez, who posted the graphic videos to Twitter, said the man in the truck was attempting to evade protesters by driving away.
He said the protesters "began to harass and physically assault him and his female partner in the street for defending someone they robbed."
"He then began to drive away to evade them," Hernandez said. The protesters also caused the man to crash his truck, Hernandez said.
The Portland Police Bureau is reportedly still investigating the incident.
The crowd was "hostile" when officers arrived on the scene on Sunday night, according to police.
Riot-gear clad officers cleared the area around the crashed truck, which reportedly had no license plates and was left partially on the sidewalk.
Anyone with information should contact Det. Brent Christensen at 503-823-2087 or [email protected]
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