PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — As the investigation into the June 29 protests continue, Portland police on Wednesday released photos of a young man wanted in an assault that day.
The downtown Portland protests between right-wing and left-wing groups ended with 3 arrests and a reignited debate over the way these protests are handled.
On July 3, PPB Chief Danielle Outlaw defended her officers and Mayor Ted Wheeler in a press conference.
“There were entities that planned a brawl in the city of Portland and no one seems to be upset about that,” she said. “I don’t know what they were protesting because they came to fight.”
The chief also noted it is illegal in other states to wear a mask while committing a crime, something Portland protesters do every time.
“Wearing a mask makes it harder for us to identify” violent protesters, and said she supported legislation that would prohibit criminals from wearing masks.
Wheeler, who was out of town during the protest and its aftermath, said he needed to hear more about Outlaw’s mask plan before weighing in.
“I heard some constitutional and potential legal questions that were raised. I want to have the opportunity to meet with her and work with her on her perspective on it so I’m not ready to have a perspective on it today.”
The suspect wanted in the assault was wearing a mask during the protest, but photos surfaced of his face.
The young man has blonde hair, has a nose piercing and a distinctive neck tattoo.
Anyone with information is asked to contact PPB Detective Anthony Merrill at 503.823.4033.