Portland Protester, Navy Veteran, Describes Beating By Federal Officers

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Above photo: Portland protester, Navy veteran, was repeatedly struck by police in Portland. The photo on left is when he joined the US Navy after high school. From the Portland Tribune.

Chris David of Portland was struck repeatedly by federal officers’ batons during a downtown rally on Saturday.

Christopher David is not a man of steel.

But he has earned that and other nicknames — some call him “Captain Portland” or “Supersoldier” — after David stood as solidly as a rock while federal officers pepper-sprayed him twice and struck him at least five times with a baton during a rally outside the Hatfield Courthouse on Saturday, July 18.

Of the attack, captured on video by the Portland Tribune, David says he “just took it.”

“I knew I was never going to react. I was never going to fight back,” he said. “I’m a little too old to be beaten by a bunch of young guys.”

David, 53, of Portland, is hardly an anti-establishment type. He says he attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, after high school, later serving with the Navy Seabees while becoming a commissioned officer and aeronautical engineer.

The unmatched series of protests here have waxed and waned for more than 50 nights, but Saturday’s rally was David’s first, his attendance spurred by reports of unmarked vans snatching protesters off the streets without due process.

He arrived around 8 p.m. and was just planning on leaving when federal officers burst out of the bricked-up front of the courthouse around 10:45 p.m.

David said he slowly approached the officers, hoping to engage them in dialogue.

“I felt these gentlemen were violating their oath of office, and I wanted to talk to them,” he explained.

Things didn’t go according to plan.

As some federal officers rushed to push down makeshift barricades propped against the outer doors of the courthouse, one officer pushed David back. He stood stock-still as several more officers swarmed forward, striking him with a baton and pepper-spraying him. David says he lost his vision momentarily, due to the spray and clouds of tear gas engulfing the park.

He sat down on a park bench, before being pulled back from the flashpoint by a street medic, going by the name Tav, who treated David and ensured that he was taken by an ambulance to the hospital.

David says he has two fractures in his hand and, while it’s currently in a splint, he is expecting to need surgery later this week.

After a flurry of attention, David is hoping life will return to normal soon. While he never did speak with the camouflaged feds, he said he hopes they hear his message:

“That oath of office is essentially swearing loyalty to the Constitution of the United States, and what they’re doing is not constitutional anymore.”

Zane Sparling, reporter email: zsparling@pamplinmedia.com. Follow me on Twitter.

  • William P. Homans

    Christopher David. What a man. Truly a Veteran for Peace.

    Of course, none of the agents can or will ever be identified. Even if they had killed Mr. David, it is entirely possible that the supervisor who commented, an Acting Assistant head of Homeland Security, a Mr. Ken Cuccinelli, and the deployed agents would stonewall investigating authorities the way they did when other officers fractured 75-year-old Martin Gugino’s skull and mindlessly continued past him untill somebody screamed hard enough that Gugino was bleeding from his skull. Only a civilian video was able to show that the authorities were lying (“He just tripped”) through their teeth.

    I fear for the families of these out-of-control federal agents, if any of them have families.

    10-year-old boy: “Dad, why did you hit that man with your club when he wasn’t doing anything?”

    Unidentified agent: “Shut up, son, I was defending my country. He was a terrorist.”

    Boy: “But, Dad…”

    (Mom interjects) “Johnny, don’t ask Dad why he does what he does. It’s his job. The President ordered him to beat the man, and that should be good enough for you. Now go do your homework.”

  • Hawkeye

    screw this asshole……he got what he asked for…..

  • William P. Homans

    ?? Uh, who, the agent with the baton or the one with the pepper spray?

  • Hawkeye

    the guy got what he went looking for…..I don’t care if he’s a vet or a convict!!!!!!

  • kevinzeese

    Christopher was on the right side, upholding the Constitution, opposing police violence and opposing racism.

    The police reaction will help all of those causes just as police violence against Civil Rights activists was key to that movements success.

    Hawkeye like these police are on the wrong side of justice and the wrong side of history.

  • Richard

    How? The guy just wanted to talk, but I reckon that was not the best place or situation to have a conversation. I am just glad I don’t live in the big city & have to put up with all this mess. We don’t have that many problems with police where I live, of course there are exceptions, but I don’t fear seeing red lights in my rear view mirror either. Living in a state that recognizes peoples 2nd amendment rights helps also, cops know people may have a CCL or a gun next to them in the car.

  • William P. Homans

    I was giving you the benefit of the doubt, even trying to be a little humorous about it, but it looks like you don’t deserve it. You are on the wrong side of justice, and the wrong side of history. What lesson would you like such an agent’s pre-teen to learn from watching his dad in the video?

  • tee

    k…chickenhawk…there I fixed that for you….

  • tee

    “screw this asshole” nobody wants it…maybe if you wash it…..

  • chetdude

    You mean a conversation?

    That’s what Mr. David was looking for — a human connection and dialogue.

    But people like you can’t stand that concept…

  • chetdude

    “We don’t have that many problems with police where I live” that you’ve personally seen – YET…

    Cops shoot first if they think you’ve got a CCL or a gun next to you in the car.

    As for the “mess” in Portland, it’s mainly caused by Trump and people like him (like you) and a militarized, sick “police culture”.

  • Richard

    You don’t know anything about me, what I support, believe in or anything else so quit being a smartass. I don’t know where you live and don’t really care either, but if the cops are that damn bad where you live, freaking move, I sure as hell would because I will not put up with that crap. Cops here mostly want to write you a speeding ticket for more than 10 mph over the limit because that is where the price doubles. I am sure there are bad ones, I am not naive.

    One thing about living in the country is you do not have the amount of people & chaos as in the big cities, most people know the police by name or at least their face. Things are much more laid back and that is what people here like. Sorry your stuck in one of those high crime cities, but that is your choice to live there, I had nothing to do with it.

    Those cops beat that guy for no reason, they could have given him at least 20 seconds to see what he wanted, but no, that was to much trouble. The one that murdered Floyd had the same mentality. Yea, I read about bad cops all the time, but have you noticed that the majority of the time it happens in the same high crime cities over and over again, not always & not an excuse, but often enough to make you wonder why anyone in their right mind would want to live there. Like Chicago where 60 to 70 people being shot & around a dozen killed over the weekend is considered normal, really? Sounds like a violent place to me, sadly, there are plenty more cities like it all across this country. Sure, we have crime in the country, but not nearly on a scale with the bigger cities. We got people problems in this day & age, not just the cops, politicians, judges, etc, but the citizens as well, to many are getting as bad as the cops and you see or read about it every day. That’s what worries me.

  • dopfa

    Yes, he got what he asked for. Anyone should know that the US doesn’t support freedom of assembly or freedom of speech, or any other Constitutionally protected civil right. Federal officers, who should be protecting We the People, have sold their souls to the devil’s oligarchs who run the nation, and have been turned into Jack-booted thugs for the state, anonymously beating peaceful, unarmed protesters with batons and chemical weapons. Anyone should be able to see that Amerika, land of freedumb, will not tolerate dissent. Like Bush said, “The Constitution is just a GD piece of paper,” (as he proceeded to wipe his ass with it, as has every administration since, this orange creature being the worst so far).

    Whatever happened to “I may not agree with what you say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”?

    The Department of Homeland Security should be “securing” citizens’ Constitutional rights, not stripping them. Trillions of our tax dollars have created a state of the art, secret military branch specifically to attack our own citizens. Ain’t Amerika grate?

  • Hawkeye

    you haven’t got a clue……he was a protester with anarchists…..he got what he desereved….too bad they just didn’t open fire on the SOBS

  • Hawkeye

    and people like you spend too much time on their knees….they should have shot the traitor

  • Hawkeye

    and another asshole heard from….

  • tee

    what? did you fart?

  • chetdude

    Bye, Bye, mr. Tr*ll…

  • chetdude

    I live in a VERY rural area. I rarely see a cop, let alone have to “fear” them.

    BUT – I’ve also lived in cities most of my life including many years in urban war zones (the phony drug war) and they ARE NOT the “hell holes” that the corporate media perverts them to be. But way too many of the cops are pigs and none of them can be controlled by city administrations any more.

    “Chicago where 60 to 70 people being shot & around a dozen killed over the weekend is considered normal, really?”

    No, not really. It’s NOT normal nor does anyone consider it “normal”, it’s caused by Covid + years of police violence and murders + the phony, racist drug war.

    End the phony drug war and the urban gun injuries and death rate would shrink to about the same as rural towns.

  • Red Robbo

    Debs once said that ‘the thud of a policeman’s club on the head of a striking workman is merely the echo of the last election.’

    Some dictators are homegrown and elected. They include the likes of King & Queen Ortega, Turkey’s ever power-hungry president Erdoğan and Rodrigo Kill ’em All Duterte of the Philippines. Other odious examples include Hitler, the fundamentalist Islamic Salvation Front and, er, Trump.