Portland mayor searches for way to control violent protests

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland, Oregon, Mayor Ted Wheeler says he’ll discuss ways to better control future protests by left- and right-wing groups with police, business, community and civil rights leaders.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Wheeler on Monday offered no policy proposals, however, and would not take a position on two options given by the police chief, Danielle Outlaw. She called for new city rules barring people from wearing masks during protest and empowering officers to videotape demonstrations.

Police are investigating mayhem during June 29 rallies where several arrests were made and medics treated people for injuries on the scene.

Members of the so-called Proud Boys, a far right-wing organization, and an anti-fascist group called Rose City Antifa held dueling protests at several locations in downtown Portland. Fights broke out when the groups crossed paths.