Dog bites cop waking homeless people under bridge; 2 arrested

PORTLAND, Ore. – A dog bit a Portland police officer who was trying to wake people sleeping on the sidewalk under the Morrison Bridge Tuesday morning.

Sgt. Pete Simpson said a confrontation followed and several people “became combative with officers,” who used pepper spray and arrested two people.

A group of officers was asking the people leave the sidewalk on Southwest Naito Parkway and pick up their property around 8 a.m. when a loose dog bit an officer.

Police arrested Angel Tomas Lopez, 20, and David Robert Bentley, 38.

Lopez faces charges of disorderly conduct, harassment, interfering with a peace officer and resisting arrest. Bentley was charged with assault and harassment.

The officer’s dog bite injury was minor, Simpson said.

The dog was taken by Multnomah County Animal Control.