Portland police investigating political brawlers
After being criticized for not intervening when rival political groups clashed on Saturday, Aug. 22, the Portland Police Bureau now says it has identified six suspects and is asking the public to help identify six others.
The bureau released photographs of the six suspect they are trying to identify on Wednesday, Sept. 1. Three are dressed in all black, the style of left-wing activists commonly called anti-fascists, or antifa. The other three are dressed in fatigues and body armor in the style associated with right-wing activists like the Proud Boys.
According to the bureau, those suspects will be charged with disorderly conduct that happened near Northeast 122nd Avenue and Skidmore Street when they are identified.
All photos can be found on the bureau's tip line here. Anyone with information, videos or photos of any other suspects or potential related crimes should use it and reference Case No. 21-681328.
Police said no victims from the Aug. 22 protests have come forward to make a complaint. They encouraged anyone who was assaulted to call 503-823-3333, and any victim of property crime to make a report here.
Mayor Ted Wheeler declared the bureau's decision to not intervene in the confrontation a success that reduced violence. Commissioners Jo Ann Hardest and Carmen Rubio have disagreed, however.
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