Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said Tuesday that he was authorizing the Portland police to use “all lawful means” to end an illegal occupation at a home in the city.
The occupation has been ongoing for months as protestors rally against the eviction of a Black and Indigenous family, according to reports.
“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.” Wheeler wrote on Twitter Tuesday night.
“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,” he continued.
“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.”
Portland police officers said they joined the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office at 5 a.m. Tuesday in a “property mission” to return private property and “re-secure a home in which the occupants were previously ordered removed by court order,” according to Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Law enforcement officers arrested at least seven people Tuesday before protesters outside the home prevented law enforcement from entering the area.
By Tuesday evening, more than 100 protesters had gathered outside the home, which has come to be known as “The Red House on Mississippi,” and barricaded the surrounding streets.
Wheeler then announced that Portland police could use all lawful means to end the occupation.
According to RedHouseOnMississippi.com, the house was foreclosed in 2018. It has belonged to the Kinney family for 65 years. Their home was reportedly sold to a developer, Roman Ozeruga of Urban Housing Development. Urban Housing Development attempted to evict the Kinneys when it first got the deed, but the eviction was stalled by the Kinneys’ federal complaint and a state counterclaim.
A Multnomah County Judge authorized the Kinney family eviction in September.
Since then, demonstrators have worked to put up a “24/7 eviction blockade” around the home.
An online fundraiser for the group has raised more than $40,000.
Most of the people arrested Tuesday face trespassing charges. One individual was also charged with resisting arrest, according to reports.
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