Portland, Oregon - A Portland activist and former mayoral candidate Jesse Sponberg has taken responsibility for knocking out a Trump supporter at PDX just days ago. Outrage quickly spread when video of the attack surfaced and police searched to identify the person responsible. Sponberg released a YouTube video on February 2 taking credit for the assault, saying it was a necessary decision.
Self-described street preacher and Trump supporter Grant Chisholm was at PDX with the 'Bible Believers' to counter anti-Trump protesters.
The situation between the groups turned violent and Chisholm was knocked unconscious during the January 29th incident. “I was just preaching, preaching at them when I got there, just engaging in conversation and preaching. They were just all over us, thrashing us, not letting us move any of that. We didn't get physical, we didn't hit anybody, none of that whatsoever,” Chisholm said.
You can see the video of the attack here:
Cameron Whitten was recording the protest when it started to get aggressive and a masked man was captured striking Chisholm. While on the ground he recalls them, "calling me Nazis and all this crazy stuff."
Since the incident Chisholm has received death threats according to KATU. He suffered vertigo and had to be hospitalized. Portland police were actively searching for the person responsible when the YouTube video from Sponberg went up.
In the video Jesse Sponberg claims that the 'Bible Believers' group were responsible for the violence that occurred and he was merely a conduit of peace, trying to alleviate the situation. Sponberg said the group is the same type responsible for walking in places of worship to "kill people." Followed directly by, "But since there has never been such an immediate threat to public safety that required such direct involvement, nothing like that ever happened...but these dudes just won't quit..."
Jesse Sponberg goes on to call his assault on Chisholm a "noble move," and blames police for letting it get out of hand.
The video confession turns really strange when jesse Sponberg begins to cry and ask for monetary donations, afraid of what will happen after he turns himself in. He even took the time to plug in a fundraising page in the description of his uploaded video.KOMO News reported the release of the video, along with Jesse Sponberg's statement that he would turn himself in to police. Despite claims that his behavior was warranted, video evidence appears otherwise.
From a legal standpoint, even if the Bible Believers had been acting aggressive, there's a difference between self defense and self-offense. You can't pursue somebody as they flee and then beat them unconscious and claim it was self-defense. Spongberg could be charged with a Class B felony under Oregon law.
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