The Mayor of Portland, Oregon, Ted Wheeler, pepper-sprayed a man who confronted him for not wearing a mask whilst dining at a pub on Sunday night, citing a “concern for safety”, as the man was also not wearing a mask.
What happened in the restaurant?
Mayor Wheeler, alongside former Mayor Sam Adams, were dining at the McMenamins Hillsdale Brewery and Public House on Sunday night when they were confronted by an angry man as they left the pub at approximately 8 pm.
The man, who has not been named, was recording the pair as they dined in a tented area of the restaurant, allegedly taking photographs of their meal together.
According to a police report, the man then followed the pair out of the restaurant as they left, following Mayor Wheeler to his vehicle and confronting him on the issue.
The Mayor stated in the same report that the man accused him of not wearing a mask, even though the current rules and regulations in Oregon allow for people to sit in restaurants and remove their masks for the purpose of eating and drinking.
Wheeler then stated that he advised the man to study the regulations more closely if he is going to publicly confront people for allegedly breaking them.
In his statement after the incident, Wheeler reported that the man wouldn’t let up and continued to argue his case, getting within a “foot or two from my face”.
Wheeler, who is a big advocate of the Covid rules, promptly pepper-sprayed the man who continued to get closer to him.
Wheeler justified this approach to the confrontation by stating that the man in question wasn’t wearing a mask, and given the extremely high infection rate in the United States at the moment, he feared for his safety from the virus.
The man allegedly expressed his shock at the actions from the Mayor, before Wheeler threw a bottle of water at him so he could wash his eyes out.
Wheeler then promptly reported the incident to his chief of staff and the local authorities.