The fight that knocked down a city hall banister

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Newly-released surveillance video shows a fight between at least two people that caused a concrete banister to crumble outside of Portland City Hall.

“I did have an image of the hulk at one point,” Portland mayor’s office spokesperson Dana Haynes told KOIN 6 News shortly after it happened, “but is suspect it wasn’t actually him.”

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City hall surveillance video shows a “tussle” that led to a portion of its solid-concrete banister being knocked into the governmental garden. Video of the tussle is airing on KOIN 6 News at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. (KOIN 6 News, courtesy city of Portland)

KOIN 6 News obtained the surveillance video after submitting a public records request. In the end, it was “a couple of fellas” tussling, and “one of them threw the other one into the fence and knocked it over,” Haynes describes.

On Aug. 7, the broken portion of city hall’s front banister — weighing hundreds of pounds — was discovered in the governmental garden, alongside the mayor’s Swiss chard, basil and green beans.

“His first thought,” said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales’ spokesperson, “was, ‘Are you kidding me?'”

“When we had a lot of homeless that were living out here,” Haynes said in a previous KOIN 6 News interview, “we used to say, ‘Don’t sit on the fence, because the fence isn’t safe,’ and I’m not sure they always believed us. Now perhaps they’ll believe us.”

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