A Seattle man was brutally assaulted and transported to the hospital last week after he confronted noisy protesters outside his home at around midnight, allegedly asking them to quiet down so he could get some sleep.
“Detectives are investigating after a 47-year-old man was assaulted early Thursday after confronting protesters in the Queen Anne neighborhood,” the Seattle Police Department blotter posted on Thursday.
The man suffered a head injury after protesters allegedly flashed lasers at his eyes and hit him on the head with what was “possibly a flashlight.”
Video of the incident, which was shared by KIRO 7 News, shows the man on the ground following the apparent assault.
“Officers spoke with multiple witnesses who confirmed the victim’s story, found surveillance cameras that may have captured the incident, and took photos of blood splatter at the crime scene,” the blotter outlined.
The victim was brought to the Swedish Hospital by family members after the alleged assault.
According to the victim, while he was on the ground and possibly concussed, one of the protesters erased the video of the confrontation he took on his phone.
“The victim told officers that around 12 am, he was attempting to sleep but was kept awake by a protest that had been making its way through the neighborhood,” the police blotter stated. “He said that he went outside his home near 10th Ave W and W Lee Street and asked the crowd to quiet down so that he could sleep, video recording the confrontation on his phone.”
“The man said that members of the protest became angry that he was recording them, flashed laser pointers in his eyes, and then struck him in the head with a blunt object, possibly a flashlight,” the report noted. “Several other protesters provided first aid to the victim while, according to the victim, a person with the protest deleted the video on his phone. A family member transported the victim to the hospital, where he met with police.”
Portions of the confrontation were posted online and obtained by KIRO 7 News.
“What is your problem here?” one of the protesters is heard asking the alleged victim before the apparent assault. “I have no problem,” the alleged victim responds. “So, why are you over here?” the protester asks.
“Moments later,” KIRO 7 News reported, “the video shows the man lying on the ground with some people watching clearly upset by what had just happened.”
Neighbor Jean Albrecht recalled of the protesters to the news station, “It was the middle of the night, and it was quite loud.”
“I don’t like to see people getting hurt, on either side,” she added.
“There was a loud noise, [and] a commotion,” another neighbor said, “the people I saw around him were not hurting him; they were trying to help him up.”