SEATTLE — Detectives with the Seattle Police Department are investigating after they say a 47-year-old was assaulted when he confronted protesters outside his Queen Anne home early Thursday.
Police said they met the victim Thursday at Swedish Hospital, where he was receiving treatment for a head injury.
The victim told police around midnight he was kept awake by a protest that was making its way through the neighborhood. He said he went outside his home and asked the crowd to quiet down while recording the confrontation on his phone.
The victim said members of the protest, angry he was recording him, flashed laser pointers in his eyes, and then hit him in the head with an object that police said could have been a flashlight.
Police said several other protesters gave the victim first aid. According to the victim, while he was receiving first aid a person with the protest deleted the video on his phone.
The victim’s family member drove him to the hospital.
Police said multiple witnesses confirmed the victim’s story and they found surveillance cameras that may have captured the incident.
Police also took photos of blood splatter found at the scene.
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