While driving in downtown Portland, Oregon on October 31, 2018, a man purposefully walked into my husband's vehicle - twice during this incident. The first hit, Mr. Dickerson was safely driving on the road at 6 mph when the man walked backwards into his vehicle and making full eye contact while doing so. The second hit, Mr. Dickerson was driving 2 mph - in which he was looking to his right as the protesters were attacking his vehicle. He wasn't aware the man deliberately walked into his vehicle again. Once he noticed the man in front of his truck, he stopped immediately. There were no police officers monitoring or directing the protesters to stay off the streets.
Mr. Dickerson safely left the scene and waited for the Police. After explaining to the Portland Police lieutenant what had occurred, the protesters demanded he be arrested. Initially, the lieutenant told Mr. Dickerson he wasn't under arrest and that he'd seen the whole thing. As the mob of protesters grew louder and angrier, the police told Mr. Dickerson for the safety of the police and for him they were arresting him. He was not informed of why he was being arrested. Not until his initial arraignment did he learn what the DA had come up with for his bogus arrest.Video of incident
After Mr. Dickerson was handcuffed and placed in the back of the police car, protesters stood outside and threatened his life saying he was "dead". Damages to his vehicle include scratches from picket signs by the protesters. He was forced to fix damages made to his vehicle and no citations or arrested were given to the protesters who violently attacked him.
The man who walked into his vehicle, Arthuray Dudley is filing a false and misleading insurance claim and civil suit against Mr. Dickerson.
Immediately following Mr. Dickerson's arrest, the media convicted and vilified him. Social media has judged him harshly based on their slanderous and editorializing news stories. Oregon Live story of incident
The fishwrap gossip newspaper NY Post betrayed Mr. Dickerson in a very dark light. "Mark Dickerson, 55, was busted Wednesday on charges of assault and reckless endangerment for steering his truck into a demonstration."
Mr. Dickerson did not steer his vehicle into the protesters and there were no police nearby directing traffic. NY Post
One news source states he "ignored officers' efforts to divert traffic for the protest, held at SW 4th and Main. Instead, he drove his Chevrolet truck into the crowd and hit one protester."
There were no police directing traffic. Also, other vehicles were driving past while the incident occurred.Portland Mercury slander
At the arraignment the judge forced Mark to retain an attorney for $10,000.
Please help Mr. Dickerson. He and his family are devastated. Mr. Dickerson is a law abiding citizen and cares deeply about others. His arrest and charges have literally crushed him emotionally and forced him to sell his beloved horse, Jackson to offset legal fees. In order for his attorney to represent him, an additional $5,000 is a required retainer fee for court March 18, 2019 at the Multonomah Courthouse, Portland, Oregon.
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