A Portland protester seen wearing a “NAVY” sweater was filmed standing in place as he endured a flurry of police batons and pepper spray without hardly a flinch.
Footage posted to Twitter shows the tall, masked protester giving the camouflaged federal officers, deployed to the city in recent weeks by President Trump, a pair of middle fingers as he turns his back to them and walks away outside the town’s federal courthouse.
The clip starts with one officer shoving the demonstrator away, who refuses to budge.
Federal police strike protester with baton, use pepper spray and tear gas outside courthouse in Portland pic.twitter.com/VX2xTVaaYq
— Zane Sparling (@PDXzane) July 19, 2020
Another cop then walks over, winds up and strikes his left arm and leg at least three times with a baton.
When that fails to move the man, the officers unleash a volley of pepper spray directly into the man’s face.
The man identified himself as a “local veteran,” according to the Portland Tribune, whose reporter first posted the clip on Twitter.
The man “remained rooted in place like an oak,” the local outlet reported.
UPDATE: The protester has been identified as 53-year-old Navy veteran Chris David.
David, who said the incident left him with a broken knuckle and two broken fingers, 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.
David said 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. He 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.
That’s when officers began beating him.