Devon Link, USA TODAY
Published 6:56 p.m. ET July 16, 2020 | Updated 6:56 p.m. ET July 16, 2020
Dr. Kerry-Anne Gordon and Michael Gordon celebrated their wedding side by side with fellow protestors in Philadelphia.
Facebook InfoSnip Claim: A man kicked in the head by demonstrators in Portland, Oregon, has since died from his injuries.
A series of viral memes claim a violent moment at a Black Lives Matter protest in May ended in a fatality.
“The person in Portland who is on the ground getting kicked in the head is now dead. The killer is in the photos very clearly revealing his face. Post and repost until someone recognizes him and turns his ass in,” claims the meme posted July 1 by Mark Negrete.
Similar memes with the same photos have called the assailants “domestic terrorists.”
Negrete has yet to respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.
Facebook InfoSnip Videos reveal the details of the assault
Protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death turned violent in Portland on May 30.
And as that “go home” order from police was issued a fight among demonstrators broke out.
Tensions high. pic.twitter.com/HCrOlrOv8M
— Brad Schmidt (@_Brad_Schmidt) May 31, 2020
I didn’t see how this happened, but a skirmish broke out near the Mult. Co. Courthouse. pic.twitter.com/GT6RHcNhnR
— Jim Ryan (@Jimryan015) May 31, 2020
Oregonian breaking news reporter Jim Ryan, who was live tweeting the demonstration, tweeted a video of the altercation. Two minutes later he tweeted a video of the man lying on his stomach in the street.
I don’t know how this guy got on the ground (whether he fell, etc.) but he was kicked HARD in the face while he was down. He’s since gotten up. pic.twitter.com/rwuvJaxJKW
— Jim Ryan (@Jimryan015) May 31, 2020
“I don’t know how this guy got on the ground (whether he fell, etc.) but he was kicked HARD in the face while he was down. He’s since gotten up,” Ryan wrote.
“To be clear about the guy kicked in the face: He was kicked by a demonstrator. I don’t know why,” Ryan tweeted later.
On May 31, @FarleyMedia tweeted a video of the encounter. One assailant knocks the man down and another kicks him in the face. Teeth and blood are visible on the pavement. After a few seconds, the victim stands back up and demonstrators tend to his wounds.
In the video one protester can be heard telling the man, “We are helping you. Do not, do not protest against Black lives because guess what? We are showing up for you,” as she and two other women provided first aid.
“Portland #BlackLivesMatter protest erupts into violence. Man gets ganged up on and brutally assaulted after attempting to flee; Tooth knocked out; left lifeless in the street. BLM: ‘Black Lives Matter, you F*****’,” @FarleyMedia wrote with #AntifaTerrorists alongside the video.
@FarleyMedia’s video has been viewed nearly 4 million times.
The same day, conservative Canadian website The Post Millennial published a series of photos of the attack and claimed the assailants were members of antifa.
Facebook InfoSnip Police arrest two suspects
The Portland Police Bureau described the incident and related arrests in a statement.
“Video of the assault surfaced on social media showing a male suspect aggressively kicking the victim in the head after he had been punched by another subject and knocked to the ground,” read the statement.
According to the press release, the assault occurred at approximately 7 p.m. near the 1000 block of SW Fourth Avenue.
On June 7, Emilio Antonio Deleon, 18, was arrested on charges of second-degree assault and booked into the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, according to police. A 14-year-old, who was not named, was charged with second-degree assault and taken to Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center on June 4, the statement reads.
Facebook InfoSnip Police, witnesses confirm man is alive
“Various media platforms have falsely rumored the victim has passed away. The male victim sustained serious injuries but is not deceased,” the police wrote in early June.
Portland Police Bureau Sgt. Michael Roberts told AFP that the victim’s injuries were “non-life threatening” and that he was “very much alive.”
Ryan’s May 30 tweet and @FarleyMedia’s video both confirmed the injured man got up after the assault.
Neither PolitiFact nor USA TODAY has found any evidence Deleon or the other assailant were part of antifa or any domestic terrorism organization.
Facebook InfoSnip Our Rating: False
A demonstrator who was kicked in the head by Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland, Oregon, is alive. The claim that he is dead is FALSE because it is not supported by our research. Police statements, eyewitness accounts and video from the scene show the man stood up after the assault and received medical attention.
Facebook InfoSnip Our fact-check sources:
- Mark Negrete’s Facebook Post
- Bob Jones’ Facebook Post
- PolitiFact “This man who was kicked and stomped” was killed by an ‘antifa murderer.'”
- AFP “Posts falsely claim attack killed man in Oregon during George Floyd protests”
- Reuters “Fact check: Man was not murdered at Portland racial injustice protest”
- Statesman Journal “State of emergency, curfew declared in Portland; protesters start fire in Eugene”
- Brad Schmidt’s Tweet
- Conservative Treehouse’s Facebook Post
- Jim Ryan’s Tweet of Crowd Altercation
- Jim Ryan’s Tweet of Victim
- Jim Ryan’s Tweet Post Assault
- @FarleyMedia’s Tweet
- The Post Millennial “WATCH: Man sucker punched for carrying American flag, another has teeth knocked out by far-left extremists”
- Portland Police Bureau’s Statement
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