Police identified a man who was sprayed with pepper spray by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, a lawyer named Cary Cadonau
January 27, 2021, 1:47 a.m.
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PORTLAND, Ore. – Police on Tuesday identified a man who was sprayed with pepper spray by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who was a partner in a law firm. He also tried to get surveillance footage from the mayor at a restaurant and get a copy of his meal receipt.
In an additional police report, Cary Cadonau was identified as the man who was sprayed with pepper spray by Wheeler after confronting the mayor, who left a restaurant on Sunday night, and accusing him of not wearing a mask. No charges were brought in the incident. Cadonau did not immediately return an email asking for comment.
Wheeler and Sam Adams, who served as Portland Mayor from 2009 to 2013, had dinner in a tent area and were walking to their cars when Cadonau exposed himself and approached the mayor’s face while he was filming on his phone to police reports.
According to a statement by the mayor to police, Wheeler told the man about the current COVID-19 regulations that allow people to remove their masks to eat or drink.
“He then accused me of other things, which I pointed out that he didn’t understand the rules and should probably have a better understanding if he confronted people with them,” Wheeler said in his statement.
Wheeler said the man was standing just a foot or two away from him and Wheeler was worried about his safety and contracted COVID-19. Wheeler told the man to retire and that he was wearing pepper spray that he would use if necessary. When the man wasn’t listening, the mayor said he sprayed his eyes.
“He seemed surprised and withdrawn,” Wheeler told police. “He made a comment like, ‘I can’t believe you just sprayed pepper on me.’ ”
Adams, whose testimony to the police matched the mayor’s, suggested that Wheeler go to his safety. Previously, Wheeler said he threw the man a bottle of water so he could wash his eyes, he told police.
Cadonau told police when he was contacted Monday that he did not want to discuss the matter because he was a lawyer. He said the mayor should be “held accountable” but declined to elaborate, according to the police report.
“Mr. Cadonau said he wanted the receipt because it would show how much alcohol the mayor had consumed that evening. I have asked him several times if he would like to speak about the incident, share his video footage, or provide his side of the story but he respectfully declined to say more, “wrote Officer Matt Miller.
2019 stories in The Oregonian / OregonLive identify an attorney named Cary Cadonau who is in court over the sale of the family business Alpenrose Dairy to a Seattle-based company.
Wheeler, who was re-elected in November, was attacked by left-wing protesters, including some who smashed windows and started a small fire in his apartment building.