A motorcyclist told police a group of protesters physically attacked from behind, knocked him to the ground, and damaged his motorcycle as they blocked an Akron, Ohio, street Tuesday night, WEWS-TV reported.
What are the details?
Police told the station several “agitators” in the group stopped traffic in the area, and the 35-year-old motorcyclist added to cops that he was heading down South High Street around 8:30 p.m. when protesters threatened him and told him to turn around.
Two or more people then attacked the motorcyclist from behind, WEWS reported, adding that he was knocked to the ground and assaulted.
Police said the motorcyclist suffered “significant” facial injuries and that his motorcycle was damaged. The victim drove himself to a hospital for treatment, WOIO-TV reported.
Here’s cellphone video purportedly of the attack, though it’s shot from a distance. However, the clip does show the injured motorcyclist — with a bloody face and shirt — close up after the attack. Content warning: Profanity:
In the clip, protesters are heard threatening the injured motorcyclist as he gathers his shoe, sunglasses, and cap:
- “Turn the f*** around, dumbass!”
- “You tried to run her the f*** over! If you do it again, I’m gonna knock you the f*** out!”
- “Get the f*** outta here, bitch!”
- “Now get on your f***in’ bike and turn it around! If you don’t, I’m gonna hit you again! I asked nicely! I promise you! I warned you! Tryin’ to prove a point to your white friends and got your ass beat!”
As of Wednesday evening, no arrests have been made, the WEWS said, adding that those with information about the case can call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau with anonymous tips at 330-375-COPS or CrimeStoppers at 330-434-COPS.
Police said that after the attack on the motorcyclist, the caravan of protesters left the area and traveled to other neighborhoods “causing disturbances, creating safety concerns, and obstructing the flow of traffic,” WEWS reported.
In the video of the attack, one of the protesters uttered the N-word after saying “Jayland Walker” to the motorcyclist — a reference to the black motorist who was fatally shot by Akron police in late June.
WEWS reported that protesters have been in the city since Walker’s death, and Akron officials twice instituted curfews after agitators damaged downtown businesses amid protests.