Less than 24 hours after police dispersed an encampment of about 30 homeless people in front of Portland's City Hall, about two dozen were back sleeping on the sidewalk.
A new ordinance classifies the sidewalk as a "high-use pedestrian area" and is enforceable from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Nonetheless, more than 20 people still chose to sleep directly in front of City Hall Tuesday night.
At about 6:15 a.m., Wednesday, two police officers woke up the sleeping encampment and told everyone they would have to leave by the 7 a.m. deadline. By the time officers returned at 8:15 a.m., only one person was still sleeping. She left peacefully when officers woke her up.
For months, the City Hall protest sought to focus attention on Portland's homeless population. Homeless protesters say the city feeds them but doesn't provide enough places to stay.
Mayor Charlie Hales said the encampment had become a public nuisance. According to his office, the Portland Police Bureau had responded to 113 calls for service in a 180-day time span.
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