The Portland Police Bureau will clearly mark police officers’ helmets for identification, the city’s mayor announced. Mayor Ted Wheeler said a number will be “prominently displayed on officers’ helmets during crowd management events.”
Mayor Wheeler tweeted on Friday:
The Portland Police Bureau today announced it will assign every officer a three-digit number and require that the number be prominently displayed on officers’ helmets during crowd management events.
— Mayor Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) October 17, 2020
Wheeler trailed his opponent, a self-described Antifa follower, earlier in his contest to keep his mayoral seat. His challenger, Sarah Iannarone, says, “I am Antifa.” The November race has now been reported as “neck and neck.”
Breitbart News reported in September that Wheeler disciplined police officers accused of misconduct allegedly committed when responding to rioters.
Protests and riots have continued in the city for nearly five months.
The Oregonian reported that the helmet numbers are to be