A man that Portland police initially said was stabbed at the Occupy Portland camp Thursday morning tells WW
he isn't sure where he was when he was knifed, and Occupy leaders tell WW
that they believe the attack happened away from the camp.
Police officials have now stepped back from their earlier account that the man, Zachary Todd Gray, 32, of Southeast Portland, was stabbed at or near the Occupy Portland camp at Lownsdale and Chapman squares. They now say they believe he was at Tom McCall Waterfront Park and made his way to the camp after being attacked.
Portland Police Bureau spokesman Lt. Robert King said police came to
the hospital at 4 a.m. to investigate the stabbing.
In a brief interview with WW
, Gray says he isn't sure where he was when stabbed. He said he was glad that people at the Occupy camp helped him, but he isn't sure if he was attacked at or near the camp.
King earlier told WW
and that police believed the attack took place at the Occupy camps, and WW
reported that earlier Thursday before interviewing Gray.
Police also said that Gray was heavily intoxicated at the time.
King said a forensics team and unit of assault detectives took evidence,
but Gray didn’t tell them who stabbed him. Police haven't made an
Concerns about violence have been rising at the camps. Some minor events have occurred since it opened on Oct. 6. Most recently, a protester shoved a police officer into a bus during a Thursday evening march. That person was arrested.
Occupiers have complained about the rampant drug and alcohol use within the camp, even attempting to move tents to neighboring Terry Schrunk Plaza last week. The plaza is a federal park, and that move resulted in about 10 arrests.