The Portland Police Bureau are seeking the public's help in identifying four Antifa members who took part in a recent protest in the city where police officers and civilians were attacked.
Members of Antifa gathered on February 8 after it was reported members of the KKK were supposed to have a rally. None of the white supremacists showed up, so the Antifa members started to target other people in the area and vandalize a public park.
“We're not going to come out and save you,” Portland police tell a videographer who ran to them for help after being pursued by an aggressive mob of masked antifa militants. Police tell him to go elsewhere because they won't be helping. https://t.co/xnalYtzWM5 pic.twitter.com/R19YuSzgzo— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) February 9, 2020
"During this event, metal-tipped umbrellas were used to jab toward people and chase them down the street, and objects (including rocks, concrete, batons, cans, and food) were thrown at community members and police," the Police Bureau said. "There were at least two community members who were targeted by individuals with pepper spray. These community members were provided treatment by Portland Fire and Rescue medics assigned to the PPB Rapid Response Team (RRT) and assisted from the scene."
Each of the four suspects they are looking for are white males and had masks or bandanas covering their faces.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) called the incident another example of the city hosting "hundreds of peaceful demonstrations," adding, "Yesterday, there was a gathering to protest against hate and racism. A few individuals decided to use the opportunity to act out in violence and vandalize property," Wheeler tweeted on Sunday."
The Police Bureau said three people had been arrested and "some people in the group began acting in a violent, threatening manner against attendees who were legally capturing photos and videos."