Squatters Refuse To Leave

Portland Police and Multnomah County deputies attempted to evict people from a house in North Portland, but the crowd turned on the officers.

The property is located on North Mississippi Avenue north of Skidmore.

As the officers were leaving, a window was broken on a police car and tires were slashed.

A fence was set up around the property, but the crowd removed it and returned to the property.

They created a barricade blocking Mississippi Avenue.

Police made at least 13 arrests.

Mayor Ted Wheeler issued the following statement:

“I am authorizing the Portland Police to use all lawful means to end the illegal occupation on North Mississippi Avenue and to hold those violating our community’s laws accountable. There will be no autonomous zone in Portland.

We all agree many of our nation’s systems and structures are fundamentally racist and require significant reform. There’s a housing crisis, a health care crisis, an education crisis, an employment crisis, a mental health crisis, and an addiction crisis. All of these crises are magnified in urban areas, including Portland. And, these crises disproportionately impact Black people.

It’s also true that illegal trespassing, ignoring lawful orders from police, blocking sidewalks and streets, and intimidating neighbors inflame these crises and make them more difficult to solve. That is what’s happening on North Mississippi Avenue right now.

There was a lengthy, thorough judicial proceeding resulting in a lawful judge’s order to evict people illegally occupying a home. Multnomah County chose the time, place and manner of the eviction and Portland Police provided support.

It’s time for the encampment and occupation to end. There are many ways to protest and work toward needed reform. Illegally occupying private property, openly carrying weapons, threatening and intimidating people are not among them.”

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