An “Antifa militant” was sentenced to nearly six years in prison Friday for striking a man in the back of the head with a baton from behind during a headline-grabbing riot in Portland, Oregon, over the summer
Gage Halupowski, 24, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in connection with the June 29 attack on Adam Kelly, the Oregonian reported. Authorities said Halupowski was identified on video hitting and pepper-spraying Kelly after he appeared to come to the aid of another man who’d been attacked during the protests, the paper reported.
Antifa are masked, black-clad leftists who claim they’re “anti-fascist” but repeatedly have been caught on video ganging up on and beating up just about anybody who stands in their way.
Kelly wrote on Facebook at the time that he needed 25 staples to close his head wounds and suffered a concussion, the Oregonian said.
Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Melissa Marrero said Halupowski hitting Kelly in the back of the head with an expandable baton was “completely unexplainable, completely avoidable and didn’t need to happen,” the paper said, and that Kelly and Halupowski both are lucky that Kelly survived.