PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – After Commissioner Rene Gonzalez claimed he was “approached by a woman” on a MAX train in late January, new video shows what happened.

The incident occurred two weeks after a family car caught fire outside Gonzalez’s home in Sellwood-Moreland on Jan. 12. In the statement he issued on Feb. 2, Gonzalez said he experienced “unwelcome physical contact, followed by criticism of the city’s policies regarding homelessness.” .” He also said that he would not use public transportation again until they have a “security solution for these targeted attacks.”

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As first reported by The Oregonian, TriMet surveillance video shows a woman walking down the aisle of the nearly empty train when she briefly brushes past it.

In an interview with KOIN 6 News, Gonzalez says that in addition to the arson, people on his staff were assaulted and sent threats online over the past few weeks, which is why he was frustrated by the TriMet incident. He also gave his version of what happened on the train.

“I was sitting there and they hit me twice from behind and then I started making some criticisms of public policies. By itself, it’s not a big deal. But combined with all the other things that happened, it was an avoidable contact. They could have avoided running into me,” she said. “I felt it was very important to talk about it.”

Gonzalez noted that multiple public officials have been harassed in Portland in recent years, including Commissioner Dan Ryan and Mayor Ted Wheeler, and says he is currently the target.

Video shows the moment when René González claims that he was 'harassed' on the TriMet train

TriMet surveillance video shows a woman walking down the aisle of the nearly empty train when she briefly brushes past it.

“The attention seems to be on me right now. “I’m the one who gets all the attention,” González said.

TriMet issued a statement Monday in response to the video.

“We understand Commissioner González’s increased sense of security after the arson involving a car outside his home. It is unfortunate that community leaders feel they cannot travel freely in public. We look forward to welcoming him back on board when he feels safe to go out in public again.”

Watch the full video of the incident in the player above.

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By Sam