Sunday, June 18, 2017

Juvenile Arrested for Pepper-Spraying Incident


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: June 18th, 2017 8:48 PM
On Sunday June 18, 2017, at 12:15 p.m., officers responded to Northwest Broadway near West Burnside Street regarding a disturbance.

When officers arrived, they found one person had been pepper-sprayed by a juvenile male. Officers requested Portland Fire and Rescue respond; they treated the man for exposure to pepper spray at the scene.

As officers investigated the incident, they spoke with the victim and several witnesses. Officers learned a teenage male had approached a group of people exercising their First Amendment Right to freedom of speech and peppered-sprayed a member of the group.

Officers were able to verify the identity of the suspect based on the victim and witnesses' description. Officers contacted the identified suspect near the incident location; however, the suspect utilized the crowd that had gathered for the Pride Parade as an obstacle for officers to make an arrest. Officers believed arresting the suspect at that moment would impact the Pride Parade. The suspect then fled the area.

At approximately 3:00 p.m. in Tom McCall Waterfront Park near Southwest Naito Parkway and Southwest Oak Street, a male approached the Portland Police Bureau recruitment booth. The male began to tear-apart stickers and other items at the booth and throw the items on the ground. An officer at the booth requested the subject stop destroying the items and stop littering. The suspect refused and the officer requested additional officers respond to the recruitment booth, as the male was not following any of his commands.

Officers arrived and recognized the suspect as the person involved in pepper spraying the individual earlier in the day. Officers attempted to take the suspect into custody; however, the suspect's friend interfered with the arrest. Officers provided multiple warnings to both individuals, but they would not listen to police direction. Eventually, both juveniles were arrested.

The juvenile male who was involved in the pepper spraying incident was lodged at the Donald E. Long Detention Home on charges of Assault in the Fourth Degree, Unlawful Use of Pepper Spray, Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Resisting Arrest. The second juvenile male was charged with Resisting Arrest and Interfering with a Peace Officer and released to his guardian.

Anyone who witnessed or has information, including cell phone video footage, of either incident are asked to contact the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333 and reference case number 42-17-680760.

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