Christopher David is a United States Navy veteran. He is from Portland, Oregon, USA.
When Black Lives Matter protests in Portland continue for almost two months, U.S. president Donald Trump sent unidentified federal officers to deal with the protesters. David decided to join the protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on July 18, 2020, which marked the 52nd consecutive night of protests in the city.
At around 7:30 p.m., David arrived at the courthouse and listened to speeches about racism and police problems. At about 10:45 p.m., he was about to leave when federal officers burst out of the bricked-up front of the courthouse.
David slowly approached the officers with a plan to engage them in dialogue and when one officer pushed him back, he just stood still. He told Portland Tribune, “I felt these gentlemen were violating their oath of office and I wanted to talk to them.”
Several more officers swarmed forward, hit David with a baton and pepper sprayed him. He had two fractures in his hand and because of the spray and clouds of tear gas engulfing the area, he suffered from momentary vision loss.
Sitting down on a park bench, David was assisted by Tav, a street medic who uses the pronouns they and them. With the help of some friends, the medic moved him away from the crowds and got him into an ambulance so he could be taken to the VA hospital nearby.
“They are playing me up as an Iron Man and a Superman,” David told KOIN on July 19, 2020. “I’m a 53-year-old over-weight man on blood thinners and I have a lot of physical damage from the military so I’m not made of steel at all.”
“They could have killed me last night as my ex-wife and daughter have reminded me 45 times this morning,” David said of the officers who assaulted him during the protest in Portland. Here are 10 more facts about him:
- He stands 6’2″.
- He weighs about 280 lbs.
- He is a former wrestler.
- After high school, he attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
- He became a commissioned officer and aeronautical engineer while serving with the Navy Seabees.
- He was a Naval Lieutenant.
- He is a laboratory scientist at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
- On July 18, 2020, he got on a public bus and headed to a protest in front of the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse in Portland. He wore his Navy sweatshirt and Navy wrestling hat when he attended the protest in Portland thinking the police offers would respect him because he was a veteran. During the protest, he was carrying nothing in his hands. He only had a backpack on him holding his ID and wallet.
- He was 53 when he attended the protest in Portland on July 18, 2020.
- The viral video showing how he was attacked by police officers on July 18, 2020 was taken by Portland Tribune reporter Zane Sparling. He was in the emergency room of the hospital when he found out that the video went viral and people are calling him a hero. Some even dubbed him Captain Portland.