An elderly anti-abortion protester who regularly posts up outside the Planned Parenthood on Valencia was knocked to the ground, beaten, and kicked by a younger man who made off with his anti-abortion banner last week.
The attack took place on March 21 around 3:45 p.m., according to Officer Robert Rueca, a San Francisco Police Department spokesman. Rueca said the victim reported that the assailant had harassed the anti-abortion protesters days earlier before returning to the scene.
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In the video, which was posted on the anti-abortion website LifeNews.com, the assailant can be seen calmly walking back to his bicycle with the banner. When the elderly anti-abortion protester attempts to impede him by placing a pole in the bike’s spokes, the assailant knocks him to the ground with the bike. The victim, who is 85 years old, tumbles through two trash cans and hits the ground. “Old man, stay on the ground,” the assailant orders. “Stay on the ground, old man, unless you wanna get hurt.” The assailant kicks the victim multiple times when he won’t release the banner.
“The victim incurred non life-threatening injuries which he was treated for and released at the scene,” said Rueca. “We seized video from a witness that captured the incident.”
Possible crimes caught on the video include robbery with force and elder abuse, Rueca continued. He categorized this as “an active investigation.”
Mission Local has identified the victim, a regular protester on the site, but will not disclose his identity in this report.
Messages left for him have not yet been returned.
This article will be updated as more information becomes available.