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Police Officers Attacked While Attempting to Re-Secure a Home With Lawful Eviction Notice in Portland
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Police Officers Attacked While Attempting to Re-Secure a Home With Lawful Eviction Notice in Portland

by Leah AnayaDecember 8, 2020

Portland, OR – Police in Portland were attacked this morning while attempting to re-serve a lawful order to evict squatters from a home in North Portland. The privately owned, abandoned house, located at 4406 N Mississippi Ave, has long been known to be a place where Antifa activists stay in between riots, and has been dubbed “The Red House on Mississippi.” The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), according to their update on Flash Alert, was tasked with taking back the house to “re-secure a home in which the occupants were previously ordered removed by court order,” and the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) responded to assist due to the large number of occupants expected.

The Portland Police said the house has been a hot spot for issues. In a press release, the PPB said, “According to call log data, over the three-month period, from September 1 to November 30, 2020, at least 81 calls for service were placed for issues related to these properties and the immediate area. Calls for service included, but were not limited to: fights, disturbances, shots fired, burglary, thefts, vandalism, noise violations, trespassing, threats (including by armed individuals), and for illegally blocking traffic, sidewalks and access to homes. Throughout this period, PPB officers spoke with many community members about their concerns and the threatening behavior and intimidation they experienced in the neighborhood around these properties.”

Ownership of the house has been in legal battle for over a year. It was foreclosed on for nonpayment. Local services have offered food and shelter to the former owners, like all other homeless persons in the area. It’s been reported that donations have been made to the home owners to attempt to pay their bills, but the bills have still not been paid. Hence, the foreclosure.

The MCSO said in a release, “The Sheriff’s Office has no discretion in these matters as state law requires sheriff’s offices to follow all orders of the Courts. The judgment was issued prior to state and federal emergency moratoriums. The eviction moratoriums do not apply to evictions based on post-nonjudicial foreclosures, such as this case.”

For the past three months, the squatters have ignored orders and continued to trespass on the property. Tuesday, before 5am, police saw people on the premises trespassing while escorting the lawful owners to the area as a part of a coordinated effort between MCSO and PPB to allow the owners to get property out of the residence. The owners also arranged for the windows to be boarded up and a fence to be erected surrounding the home. The fence has a sign that says “Private Property” on it.

While there to serve a lawful order, police were attacked and vastly outnumbered by activists who are said to be members of Antifa and Black Lives Matter. Police literally ran for their lives when the mob started chasing them. The patrol vehicles present collected as many officers as possible, but several officers were left to run away on foot.

The patrol vehicles were covered in paint and other residue, making it next to impossible to see out the windows. Forced to drive in reverse so as not to hit the mob, one of the vehicles hit a parked car attempted to safely get out of the area. The cars were also kicked and hit with objects.

The few officers that were left behind had to stop running to face the mob closing in on them. One officer had his baton almost taken when a person grabbed it. As they left, activists yelled and threw things at them, and one vehicle was converged upon when trying to pick up an officer and leave. The mob continued throwing things as the vehicles pulled away.

These events can be seen on multiple live streamers’ videos. The crowd cheered when the police left. No officers have so far been reported injured during the attack.

Police were able to make several arrests, mostly for trespassing. They also reportedly took a person with a firearm into custody and recovered multiple other firearms in the residence as well.

The Kinney family is reportedly the family that used to own the home prior to foreclosure and spoke with one “press” member on Concrete Reporting. The family said the system is corrupt and they’re illegally and “unlawfully” being run out of their house. They said police threw them out without so much as a blanket, but then later stated police said they had been given access to temporary residence as well as food.

The family said, “They [police] targeted our kitchen today. They ripped it with knives, destroyed the sink and the toilet inside. They didn’t want anything, they just came without notice to cause trouble. They needed to serve us a notice and that hasn’t been done.”

The family also said they plan on getting back into the house and starting up the kitchen again to continue feeding activists in the area.

MCSO said the order was served on September 9, 2020, which is a date the family referenced as having interaction with police at the residence as well. MCSO said, “As with any civil enforcement service, MCSO provided the occupants time to gather their possessions and offered housing and shelter options and other additional resources. During this morning’s visit, housing and food assistance were again provided to everyone on the property. Anyone who needs additional services may call 2-1-1.”

There is a GoFundMe for the residence, attempting to raise $250,000 to “save” the house. So far, the fund has raised almost $44,000.

A male speaker on a bullhorn, after police left, complained about police presence and said “Social shit is over. They [police] destroyed food today. I don’t even care about the kitchen, they destroyed food! This is an active occupation, just so you understand what I’m saying.”

Live streams following the incident with police showed people back in the house, removing items and breaking them. There was trash (in and out of bags) thrown all over the property.

The people on the live streams indicated that the neighborhood was now being taken over by the group. It’s rumored that they are saying this is “the Portland CHAZ.” As a reminder, CHAZ is the section of Capitol Hill in Seattle that was “closed” to police and any non supporter of the self-identified Marxist Black Lives Matter organization. The area was met with several shootings and violent incidents (none involving police, as they were kept out by barricades), and two teenagers were murdered.

A female speaker at the Red House said, “You want to fight fascism? Then get your ass here today. If you’re watching on a live stream, this is where the fight against fascism is. When they come in the night and they take your fucking home away? They’re Nazis! You can not allow this!

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“You’ve been comfortable for far too fucking long! When they take all of us, they will come for you too! No one is safe! So if you’re not willing to fight today, when will you fight? This is white supremacy in action. Forcing people out of their homes in the middle of a fucking pandemic.

“We can’t let them take this home. They’ve arrested so many of our comrades already. If you’re not fucking here, get your ass over here. This will not be the last time we have to stand together and fight. You don’t get to be comfortable anymore. Occupy this street for afro-indigenous people!”

While she spoke,  several people cheered and some had the “black power” fist raised in the air. They then chanted, “Enough is enough.”

One live streamer, PT News Network, said, “Enough IS enough: these people are terrorists, they should be dealt with as such! This is America. Where are the police? Get back up, get State Patrol, Kate Brown send in the National Guard! This is disgusting!”

About The Author
Leah Anaya
Leah Anaya
Leah Anaya is a medically retired police officer. She served for three years at the Oakland Police Department, and just under five at a department in Washington State. Before that, she was an intelligence analyst in the US Army. She is now a stay at home mom living with her husband, who is still serving as a police officer, and their three children. She also grew up as the daughter of a police officer in California. Leah is now a writer and Deputy Editor at Law Enforcement News Network as well as the Business Manager for Washington State FOP. She's a peer support advocate for The Wounded Blue and Serve and Protect. You can find her on social media @leahmsanaya or at www.leahanaya.com.
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Theo white
Theo white
5 months ago

Use tranquilizers and return them to the woods..