Wheeler confronted at restaurant, punched in shoulder

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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Protesters confronted Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler on Wednesday night.

Portland Police say he was dining at a restaurant on NW Kearney Street around 8:30 p.m. when a group of people came in and confronted him. He was punched in the shoulder but was not seriously injured.

Police say the suspect left and no arrests were made but they are still investigating.

The Mayor’s office sent KOIN 6 News the following statement in response to the incident:

“On Wednesday evening, during a non-work-related dinner with a friend in a designated outdoor area, Mayor Wheeler was confronted by a group of people.  The Mayor had been seated for about five minutes when a group of people began shouting obscenities at the Mayor from the outside of the tent.

The Mayor attempted to ignore the group, but they eventually pushed their way past restaurant employees at the entrance to the tent and came inside. The Mayor asked them to leave. At that point, one member of the group started swatting at the Mayor and made physical contact with him. The Mayor was not injured. Restaurant staff persuaded the group to leave. Police arrived shortly after and the group dispersed.

The Mayor is committed to supporting local businesses and wants others to do the same. Given the tenor of political discourse nationally and locally, it’s not unusual for people to confront the Mayor and other elected officials in public. It’s part of the job. The Mayor will continue to support local restaurants and businesses as often as he can. He urges others to do the same.”

It’s unclear if the group who confronted the Mayor was connected to the group outside the Justice Center and Portland City Hall. Around 10:30 p.m., the windows at Washington Federal Bank were broken, along with windows at Starbucks on SW 4th. The group continued on a path of destruction, breaking windows at the Union Bank Tower, the Virginia Cafe and the Target on SW 10th and Morrison.

An unlawful assembly was declared but no arrests were made. The group dispersed around 11:30 p.m.

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