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Student assaulted in possible hate crime on Lewis & Clark campus

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A black Lewis and Clark College student is recovering after being assaulted early Saturday morning.

The 26-year-old victim told police that he was confronted and assaulted by three white males at the school’s estate gardens near the reflecting pool.

Police said the suspects used racial slurs before assaulting him.

The victim was able to fight back and get away. No medical attention was needed.

According to police, the suspects are described as three college-aged white males, 5’ 8” tall, and a medium build.

Officials said it is not known if the social media posts made on Yik Yak earlier this week has any direct connection to the incident.

Based on the victim's statements, Portland Police Bias Crimes Detectives are investigating the incident.

Mayor Charlie Hales released a statement saying in part:

Over the past week, there have been several potentially threatening comments made on social media at Lewis & Clark College that have been directed at African-Americans. Last night on the campus, there was an assault on an African-American student. At this time there has not been a link between these events, and the Portland Police Bureau is actively investigating.

While we are a city that prides itself on the broad protection of free speech, no matter how abhorrent the content may be, I am calling on all of us to stand together against the use of ugly, disturbing language that inexcusably threatens or otherwise creates fear in any other person. Further, I ask each of us to be vigilant in reporting this kind of hate to the appropriate authorities, whether that's campus police, administrators, or Portland Police.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police.

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