Democratic Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler revealed Monday that he contacted the police after an unspecified “incident” over the weekend.
Wheeler made the revelation during a Monday press conference after reporter Alex Zielinski asked the mayor to confirm if he pepper-sprayed an individual Sunday night, according to The Oregonian.
“If there is, there will be a statement later,” Wheeler responded. “I can tell you there was an incident. I filed a police report. And that’s all I can tell you right now.”
This month, Wheeler was allegedly assaulted during a confrontation with a group of left-wing activists while dining at a cafe in NorthWest Portland. After Wheeler told the group to leave, one unnamed individual started swatting and made “physical contact with him,” a member of the Mayor’s office confirmed to The Daily Caller. (RELATED: Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Hit During Violent Confrontation)
At the time, Wheeler declined to pursue any charges.
Following Monday’s press conference, Wheeler’s office released a statement on the incident.
“Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler filed a police report relating to an incident that occurred Sunday evening. The mayor is cooperating with the police investigation and encourages others involved to do the same,” the statement read, according to KOIN 6 News.
For months, Portland has been gripped by ongoing riots from left-wing extremists following George Floyd’s death. Wheeler has faced criticism from Republicans for his response to violence.
At the beginning of the year, Wheeler announced his efforts to de-escalate and compromise at demonstrations have not worked and that it was time to ramp up law enforcement’s capabilities after rioters attacked Portland’s federal courthouse on New Year’s Eve.