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Rioter Who Kicked Man In Face And Left Him Unconscious In Street Gets Early Release

Portland, OR – The rioter who viciously kicked a man in the head from behind and left him lying unconscious in the middle of a Portland street has been released from prison early.

According to an Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) Victim Services Programs alert issued Monday, 26-year-old Marquise Love “has been released from custody on transitional leave.”

Reporter Andy Ngo posted a photo of the notification to Twitter the same day.

Love was sentenced to 20 months in prison for the brutal Aug. 16, 2020 attack on Adam Haner.

He served just 12 months in custody, to include the time he spent behind bars prior to his sentencing in November of 2020.

Love was on the run for five days after the vicious assault, which was captured on video and quickly went viral.

He begged for money in a social media post prior to behind apprehended.

“Might go to jail for murder tonight for a racist when all I did was fight him look it up on twitter,” Love posted on Snapchat, according to the Daily Mail.

“Put money on my books and come see me,” he added, presumably referring to the jailhouse commissary account that would be in his future.

He finally turned himself in to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) with his attorney’s assistance on Aug. 21, 2020, and was booked into jail on felony counts of assault, riot, and coercion, according to MCSO records.

Love later pleaded guilty to felony riot and third-degree assault, KPTV reported.

He was also ordered to complete a chemical dependency evaluation and to serve 36 months on probation upon his release from custody.

In the event he violates his probation sentence, he could face another 9 to 20 months of prison time, KPTV reported.

“The video of this assault is violent and shocking. It outraged our community and nation. We are fortunate that the victim’s injuries were not as severe as it first appeared they may have been,” Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt said.

“In the days, weeks and months after this assault, detectives with the Portland Police Bureau worked quickly to identify the suspect and complete the investigation,” Schmidt continued. “This is a proper resolution. Marquise Love is accepting responsibility for his actions and the punishment.”

Love has a lengthy criminal record, including gun charges, domestic harassment, domestic assault, driving without a license, and interfering with public transport, according to the Daily Mail.

His former employer, Star Protection Agency, put out a statement distancing the company from Love on shortly after the attack as rumors swirled that Love was a security guard.

Love was “temporarily employed” as an unarmed security officer beginning in January, but has not worked for the company since March, Star Protection Agency Chief Operating Officer Bryan Kettler said in a press release.

Kettler noted that all equipment that had been issued to Love was collected when his employment ended, and that none of the gear he was wearing during the attack belonged to the company.

“We decry violence in all forms, and our hearts go out to anyone that has been injured,” he wrote. “We hope for their speedy recovery and will fully cooperate with any law enforcement investigation to ensure justice is done.”

The attack on Haner occurred near the intersection of Southwest Taylor Street and Southwest Broadway on Aug. 16, 2020, The Washington Post reported.

Police said that a Black Lives Matter rally was taking place in front of the Justice Center shortly before the assault occurred.

According to journalist Drew Hernandez, members of the group “began to harass and physically assault” Haner and a woman he was with after Haner tried to defend someone else who had allegedly been robbed by the group.

Video footage showed another woman being tackled to the ground by a rioter at one point during the confrontation.

Haner repeatedly honked his horn as members of the group punched and kicked his vehicle.

One rioter positioned near the rear passenger side of the driver’s white truck fell to the ground just before Haner rapidly accelerated through an intersection.

Rioters screamed for someone to “get his license plate” as they ran down the street after him, the video showed.

“He crashed into a building!” someone shouted a moment later, as other rioters began laughing.

The group quickly converged on the crashed vehicle.

“Come here, mother–ker!” one member of the group ordered, just before the clip ended.

Another video showed the rioters pushing Haner away from his vehicle as he tried to leave the area yet again.

The violent mob shoved him to the ground and circled around him.

“You’re not leaving, bro. You’re not going nowhere,” someone said when Haner tried to get back onto his feet. “Sit your -ss down.”

They demanded that he hand over his keys as he sat bleeding from the head while asking to speak with his wife, the video showed.

Another clip showed members of the group as they repeatedly punched the driver in the head and told him to “go to sleep.”

A rioter wearing a vest emblazoned with the word “security” then delivered an “execution style drop kick to the head” from behind, severely injuring the victim, Hernandez tweeted.

A video clip captured the moment when Love delivered the ruthless kick.

Haner appeared to be immediately knocked unconscious.

A later video showed the bloodied victim lying motionless on the ground.

“That n—–a’s dead,” one bystander commented.

Rioters began rummaging through his truck as the woman he’d been with started wailing and screaming.

One bystander asked for someone to call 911 just before they rolled Haner onto his side, exposing the gaping wound in the back of his head.

“Shouldn’t try to run people over, n—-a,” one person said.

Haner was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated and released, the New York Post reported.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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