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A man was brutally beaten on the streets of Dallas on Saturday night as riots by extremists continued to break out in major cities across the U.S.
The “man is currently stable in the hospital, police said, after being assaulted by a group of people in the Victory Park area of Dallas,” CBS News Dallas reported. “Police said the incident happened in the 2200 block of North Lamar Street near the House of Blues when the man went there with a machete to ‘allegedly protect his neighborhood from protesters.'”
Details surrounding the incident were not clear but The Blaze’s Elijah Schaffer, who posted the video, wrote on Twitter: “Man critically injured at Dallas riots. It appears he attempted to defend a shop with a large sword. Looters ran at him, then he charged rioters. They then beat him with a skateboard and stoned him with medium sized rocks. I called an Ambulance and it’s on the way”
Schaffer apparently did not post the full video the first time and released a second longer clip some time later that appeared to add additional footage to the incident.
In the second video, Schaffer wrote: “Full unedited video for editorial requests. Please attribute to Elijah Schaffer of Blaze TV. I cannot confirm he was the store owner, but I pulled out my camera when I saw him appearing to defend a store, then he was rushed, then made the move that might have cost him his life.”
Full unedited video for editorial requests. Please attribute to Elijah Schaffer of Blaze TV. I cannot confirm he was the store owner, but I pulled out my camera when I saw him appearing to defend a store, then he was rushed, then made the move that might have cost him his life pic.twitter.com/8oGa2obBbp
— BREAKING RIOT UPDATES – BLAZE TV (@ElijahSchaffer) May 31, 2020
Additional footage surfaced online from another account that showed the incident from another angle.
🚨 FULL UNEDITED VERSION:
Mob Throws Rocks at Man & Chases Him.
Man Flees Across Street.
— Essential Mexican O'Crazio CornPop ⭐⭐⭐ (@jetrotter) May 31, 2020
In a statement, Dallas police spokesman Carlos Almeida said, “We are trying to obtain information, but have very little at this time. The victim was transported away before officers arrived. The call came in as a stabbing call at the House of Blues. I just learned he is in stable condition.”
“The victim went to the 2200 block of N. Lamar Street (House of Blues) carrying a machete to allegedly protect his neighborhood from protesters,” Almeida continued. “The victim confronted protesters while holding the machete and was subsequently assaulted by the protesters. He was transported to an area hospital where he remains in stable condition. This remains an ongoing investigation.”
This report has been updated to include the longest version of the video available so readers have as much context as possible.
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