SE Portland baseball bat attack looked at as bias crime

Crime

Incident happened July 3 in 9400 block of SE Mitchell

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Investigators are looking into whether a man who was attacked July 3 in Southeast Portland was the victim of a bias crime.

When officers got to the 9400 block of SE Mitchell around 11:35 a.m. that day they found the victim, a Black man, with an arm injury. He told the officers two white men attacked him with a baseball bat.

But, police said, the man “gave various accounts as to what led to the assault.” No suspects were found at the time and no one is in custody now.

A witness told the officers “a derogatory term” was used by one of the assailants.

In response to this attack, people in the community gathered for a protest on Thursday evening at the park.

“We are not going to stand for this. This is our neighborhood and we are not going to stand for this and if we have to come out here every single day we will,” said protest organizer Nadine Salama. “We wanted to come out and show our support for the man who was attacked and for other people of color in this our neighborhood. It’s a peaceful neighborhood, we are united and this is what community support is.”

Anyone with information is asked tocall PPB Detective Jeff Sharp at 503.823.9773.

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