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- “You guys want to be peaceful? Be peaceful! You want to be violent? Come to me!” the assailant can be heard saying in the video captured on Chhoun’s phone.
- The Duluth Police said the unidentified man was arguing with a woman near Airport Road and Venture Avenue at around 6 p.m., Star Tribune reported.
- After he realized he was being recorded by Chhoun, the man immediately turned around and punched him, resulting in his phone being knocked from his hand.
- The man was reportedly confronting people who were also holding a rally for Joe Biden in the area.
- The Duluth Police said no citations were issued at the time, according to Huffington Post.
- “A male reported that while recording footage on his phone for a news report, another male hit the phone out of the reporting party’s hand,” the statement reads. “The male who hit the phone left without incident several minutes before this event was reported to officers. There were no injuries or property damage reported in connection with this incident and no citations issued at this time. The Duluth Police Department is investigating this case.”
- A spokesperson for the police said there is no evidence that the attack was racially motivated, adding that the man left the scene before the assault was reported.
- His family moved to Minnesota in 1993 and survived only on welfare and food stamps.
- They were able to buy their own house, a duplex, but had to leave after living there for nine years due to safety concerns.
- Chhoun then went to Minneapolis Roosevelt High School where he played football.
- He later attended Normandale Community College for two years and finished his bachelor’s degree at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
- Before working at WCCO-TV, Chhoun worked for several news stations in Rochester and Duluth, as well as the Big Ten Network.