Portland, OR – A rioter sucker-punched a Portland police officer on Tuesday night during yet another night of violence in downtown Portland (video below).
A group of approximately 100 rioters gathered near the Multnomah County Justice Center and the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse at approximately 8:15 p.m. and blocked of the roadway before igniting a dumpster fire, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) said in a press release early the next morning.
Rioters began spray-painting a nearby Starbucks shop and busting out its windows less than two hours later.
The PBB ended up declaring an unlawful assembly at about 10 p.m., The Oregonian reported.
At approximately 10:07 p.m., a PPB sergeant was walking down the sidewalk with his bicycle “when a person dressed all in black stepped in his path,” the department said in the press release.
Video footage of the incident captured by The Oregonian showed the sergeant as he tried to push past the rioter, at which point a group of people dressed in black began swarming him.
As the sergeant tried to walk past the group, one of the rioters punched him in the head, the video showed.
The sergeant dropped to the ground and grabbed his attacker.
Additional officers jumped into the fray as they brawled on the ground, while other officers held the rest of the group back, the video showed.
“In response to the violent conduct, some focused blows were used,” the PPB said. “Pepper spray was also deployed by an officer.”
Once the attacker was handcuffed, officers provided first aid to help alleviate the effects of the pepper spray.
Randy Gray, 36, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of fourth-degree assault, harassment, assaulting a public safety officer, criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct, the PPB said.
The sergeant who was assaulted did not require medical treatment, a department spokesperson told The Oregonian.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. Warning – Graphic Content and Obscene Language: