A heckler, a middle aged woman, shouted, “Bush is your President!” Owen shouted back “ ‘Fuck off or go fuck yourself’ and your vice-president too!”
At that point a middle-aged man walking behind the heckler struck Owen in the face shouting, “You don’t speak to my wife like that.”
Then Owen, who is homosexual, shouted “That’s a hate crime; call the police!” The middle-aged man continued shouting various kinds of neo-con invective while shielding himself behind the bodies of his wife and daughter. Owen made no attempt to respond with physical violence, merely repeating “That’s a hate crime; call the police!” while police were called, apparently by the proprietress of the nearby Café Bagdad.
Officer Klinger (male) DPSST # 21705, responded to the call and delivered exemplary performance as representative of the Portland Police Department.
He talked with the assault victim first, noted witnesses including Mr Michael Ferris, and then counseled the heckler group to disperse. Police did not ask names or ID of assailant, heckler group, or assault victim.
Officer Klinger noted on the record that had Owen been wearing a T-shirt saying “I am queer”, this incident would indeed have been a Hate Crime subject to specified prison time under Oregon law.
After departure of police, Café Bagdad proprietress threatened assault victim with loitering, ‘stand-sit-lie’ [now ruled unconstitutional] and sidewalk obstruction charges should he or his peace provoking friends return to that spot on the public sidewalk in future.
NET RESULT: From now on, today's assault victim will always wear clear identification of his particular minority status and hope for opportunity to send violent detractors to prison under applicable Oregon law.
******As a matter of documentation, all of those involved in incident above are white.