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.
House Republicans Subpoena DOJ for Records of Biden’s Interview with Special Counsel
Special Counsel Robert Hur determined that President Joe Biden not only mishandled classified documents, but he also declined to press charges against him because his advanced age and declining memory would influence a potential jury.
“Mr. Biden will likely present himself to the jury, as he did during his interview with our office, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,” Hur wrote.
House Republicans have subpoenaed the Department of Justice (DOJ) for the interview transcripts, audio, notes and video files from Hur’s interview with Biden which transpired during the investigation.
“The Committees further seek to understand whether the White House or President Biden’s personal attorneys placed any limitations or scoping restrictions during the interviews with Special Counsel Hur or Mr. Mark Zwonitzer precluding or addressing any potential statements directly linking President Biden to troublesome foreign payments,” the lawmakers said in a subpoena cover letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland.
“Special Counsel Hur’s report outlined that classified documents Joe Biden stashed for years relate to countries where his family cashed in on the Biden brand. We owe it to the American people to provide transparency and accountability about the extent of Joe Biden retaining sensitive materials and the concerns raised about his current mental state and fitness to be President of the United States,” Comer said in a statement. Comer, Jordan and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (R., Mo.) are leading the impeachment inquiry.
“Special Counsel Robert Hur’s investigation into President Biden’s mishandling of classified documents made two things clear: there’s a double standard of justice in this country and Joe Biden isn’t fit for office. The transcripts and materials from his investigation are critical to our oversight work,” Jordan stated.
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