PORTLAND, Oregon -- A Navy veteran who stood his ground in front of officers during a protest was seen on camera taking a beating by baton and sprayed in the face with an irritant. The veteran, Chris David, barely moved, taking the beating with his arms down and only reacting when he was sprayed in the face. You would think this guy is made of a tree trunk, but the humble veteran claims he's not made of steel.

In fact, he said it himself. His initial response was that "they are playing me up as an Iron Man and a Superman. I’m a 53-year-old over-weight man on blood thinners and I have a lot of physical damage from the military. So, I’m not made of steel at all. They could have killed me last night, as my ex-wife and daughter have reminded me 45 times this morning."

He was at the protest to ask the officers about the constitution, which mentions the right to peacefully assemble, which he was doing. Now he's recovering with a busted hand that needs surgery.

Zane Sparling of the Portland Tribune recorded the video of the veteran taking the shots and walking away like it was nothing. This happened in front of a courthouse. Zane told his full account of the story here.

Jennifer Dowling of KOIN was able to chat with Chris David about what happened.

“I stood there with my hands down by my sides and they just started whaling on me,” said David.

He said he had taken the bus downtown to attend the protest and wanted to ask federal officers a specific question.

“I stood in the street in front of them and I started asking them if it was okay to violate their oath of the Constitution,” said David. He said one of the men shoved him backward.

"I lose my balance and fall backwards a bit, and then plant myself,” described David. “That’s right when they start beating me.”

“They kept hitting my batons and I think they decided that wasn’t going to work, so the two pepper spray hits I think I took, and that ended that,” said David. “That was not fun, so I flipped them off and walked to the corner of the park as best I could and I was losing my vision. I was walking through a giant cloud of CS gas.”

Here's the video: