Portland, Oregon food truck owner beaten thanks TikToker for arrest

An Oregon food truck owner severely beaten in a random attack that’s being prosecuted as a hate crime is questioning how police initially handled his case and crediting the power of social media for helping make an arrest.

Darell Preston of Portland was on the phone with his wife when he was attacked in broad daylight outside his business, LoRell’s Chicken Shack, on June 15. Video posted to social media shows a man brutally beating Preston as passing cars honk and people shout. The man then calmly walks away.

As the man stomped Preston’s head, he repeatedly shouted a racial slur at him, said civil rights attorney Alicia LeDuc Montgomery, who is representing Preston.

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