Posted 11 days ago
A videographer who was knifed in the back during protests in downtown Portland claims he was targeted because of his conservative activism.
Shocking video captured the moment Andrew Duncomb, 25, was stabbed while he was out filming footage of protests by Portland's Mark O Hatfield federal courthouse early Saturday morning.
Duncomb, who is black and a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, told Oregon Live he had traveled to the city from Northern California because he wanted to offer a more complete view of the situation than what has been portrayed in the mainstream media.
Over the past several weeks photos and videos have emerged of federal troops using aggressive tactics like tear gas and pepper balls to break up crowds of protesters who repeatedly tried to breach a fence surrounding the protest.
'My main goal was to show that it wasn't just the feds creating the problems,' he said.
But Duncomb's trip took a very unexpected turn when he was attacked hours after he arrived on Friday.
Now he says: 'I was stabbed for being a conservative journalist.'
Duncomb has built an impressive online following with the videos he films of demonstrations and other political events under the moniker 'Black Rebel'.
He believes that people familiar with his work - which frequently features staunch defenses of conservative causes - had alerted activists that he would be at the Portland protest soon after he arrived.
He said that he and a few friends that were with him noticed a group of people was trailing them just before 2.30am on Saturday.
After traveling a several blocks with the people still on their tail, Duncomb said he handed his camera to a friend before he decided to confront one of the men in the group.
In the video obtained by Oregon Live that friend is heard saying: 'Someone's stalking us,' as Duncomb is seen walking up to the man, whose face was obscured by a respirator and goggles.
'Hey buddy, why are you following us?' Duncomb says as he approaches the man from behind and places his arm around the man's shoulder.
A split-second later the man is seen thrusting a knife into Duncomb's lower back without saying a word as Duncomb falls backward and shouts: 'Ow!'
'The adrenaline just soared through me,' Duncomb recounted.
'I had a can of bear mace and a knife on me, too. But I didn't want to endanger innocent bystanders.'
He was then transported to a hospital, where he learned the blade had come within inches of his spinal cord.
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