Portland lawyer pepper-sprayed by mayor says he’s ‘remorseful’

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Portland lawyer pepper-sprayed by mayor says he is 'remorseful'

The Oregon attorney, who was sprayed with pepper spray by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler over the weekend, released a statement that a report said he was “repentant” after confronting the officer.

Cary Cadonau made a statement late Wednesday on his meeting with the Democratic mayor on Sunday evening, telling local news broadcaster KGW8 that he had contacted Wheeler’s office “to request an opportunity to amicably resolve this matter.”

“I’m sorry that he felt the need to use pepper spray,” said Cadonau in the statement, according to KGW8. “I appreciate Portland and our local community, and I realize that Mayor Wheeler has a very difficult job.”

Cadonau did not respond to Fox News’ requests for comment.

He added: “I would also like to apologize to my legal partners for my behavior.” An employee of the law firm Cadonau is supposed to work for would not comment if he was contacted by KGW8.

A police report released on Tuesday said that Wheeler sprayed Cadonau with pepper spray after Cadonau confronted him while leaving a restaurant on Sunday night and accused him of not wearing a mask. He also tried to get a copy of the mayor’s meal receipt and surveillance footage from his time in the restaurant, police said.

No charges were brought in the incident.

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Wheeler had dined in a tent area from 2009 to 2013 with Sam Adams, who had served as Portland Mayor. The men were walking to their cars when Cadonau exposed himself and approached the mayor’s face while he was filming on his phone, according to police reports.

Wheeler shared with the man current COVID-19 regulations that allow people to remove their masks to eat or drink, the mayor told police.

“He accused me of sitting in a restaurant without a mask,” the report said. “In fact, I was in the tent area of ​​a restaurant that was sitting at a table and I informed him that the current Covid regulations allow people to take their mask off to eat and drink.”

The mayor’s testimony went on: “Then he accused me of other things, which I pointed out that he did not understand the rules and should probably have a better understanding if he confronted people with them.”

Wheeler said the man was standing within 1 or 2 feet of him, and Wheeler became concerned about his safety and contract 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.

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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.

Cadonau was asked why he tried to get surveillance footage from the restaurant in Portland’s Hillsdale neighborhood as well as Wheeler’s food and drink receipt from the pub.

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Cadonau said he wanted the receipt because it showed how much alcohol the mayor had consumed that evening. I asked him several times if he wanted 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.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano and The Associated Press contributed to this report.