According to police reports, Ted Wheeler, the mayor of Portland pepper-sprayed a man Sunday outside of a restaurant after the Mayor says the man confronted him about mask rules and other issues and then got too close.
The incident report says Wheeler told the police he told the man “I clearly informed him that he needed to back off” before spraying him.
Per NBC News “Wheeler told police he was leaving a pub at around 8 p.m. when the man, filming him with a phone, accused the mayor of not wearing a mask while sitting in a restaurant as required by Covid-19 rules, and also other issues.”
The report adds “Wheeler said he told the man he was sitting in a tented area, and that the coronavirus rules allow someone to take off their mask when eating or drinking, according to the police report.”
Wheeler then told police the man followed him to his car and “got within a foot or two of my face while he was videoing me.”
“I became imminently concerned for my personal safety, as I had recently been physically accosted in a similar situation,” Wheeler explained.