Protester assaults man near City Hall
A protester reportedly assaulted an apparent passerby outside City Hall on Thursday.
William B. Pierce, 33, was lodged in the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of assault in the second degree. The name of the victim was not immediately released.
According to police, at 10:24 a.m. on Aug. 9, Central Precinct officers responded to Southwest 4th Avenue near City Hall, located at 1221 Southwest 4th Avenue, on the report of an assault. As officers were responding to the area, the 9-1-1 caller said he had been struck in the face by a man with a pipe.
The caller said he was waiting for responding officers in his vehicle near the intersection of Southwest 4th Avenue and Southwest Madison Street. When officers arrived at the scene, they located a man with an injury to his face. Emergency medical personnel arrived and provided him emergency medical aid and transported him by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment of what was believed to be a non-life-threatening injury.
During the investigation, officers learned the victim and a man got into a verbal argument regarding sidewalk accessibility in front of City Hall near a group of protesters. People have been gathering there in recent days to protest ICE family separation policies and police brutality.
The argument continued as the victim went to his truck, which was parked nearby. The victim said that the man struck him in the face with a pole at a red light as he was leaving .
Based on initial information, officers believed the suspect was associated with the protesters. A description of the suspect was provided to officers patrolling in Central Precinct.
While in the area of Southwest 4th Avenue and West Burnside Street, an officer located a man that matched the suspect's description, who was in possession of a pole that was believed to have been used in the assault. He was arrested without incident and the pole was seized as evidence.
Police say that in an attempt to reduce the likelihood of future confrontations and to address sidewalk accessibility issues, officers contacted the group gathered on the west sidewalk near Portland City Hall and provided them with a "Warning — Improper Sidewalk Use," as allowed under city rules. Officers also informed the group that any items that were left would be collected by a contracted cleaning service. Items of obvious utility and value that are left behind would be collected, stored and available for pick-up for a period of 30 days.
Anyone seeking to reclaim their property should contact Pacific Patrol Services at 503-595-3440.