Image from video of confrontation between police and Ibrahim Mubarak
Ibrahim Mubarak, outside court Friday
Ibrahim Mubarak, booking photo
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -
The co-founder of Portland's Right Two Dream Too homeless camp ended up in jail after police said he refused to leave private property.
Officer arrested Keith Jackson, who goes by the name Ibrahim Mubarak, on charges of trespassing and interfering with police Thursday night. The case was filed under the name Ibrahim Mubarak.
He appeared in court Friday and was joined by around 50 supporters.
Police said they were enforcing the law and gave Mubarak numerous chances to cooperate. However, Mubarak said he and his friends were targeted because they're homeless.
Police and private security guards confronted the group under the Burnside Bridge around 10 p.m. Thursday.
According to court documents, Mubarak refused to give his name or follow police orders to leave the private lot marked with a "no trespassing" sign.
At one point, a probable cause affidavit states, Mubarak did begin walking toward the sidewalk, only to abruptly stop, turn around and accuse an officer of "walking up on him."
He became, "verbally aggressive and was yelling" at the officer, according to court documents. His shouting and physical resistance also incited the crowd that had gathered, the documents state.
Mubarak said Friday he did nothing wrong.
"Everywhere they go, they're being criminalized just to sleep," he said of the city's homeless population. "Just for exercising their constitutional, human, civil right."
The altercation was recorded and the video shows the officer asking Mubarak to leave or get on the sidewalk more than 10 times, before finally saying, "Go right now or you're going to go in handcuffs."
After counting to three, Mubarak was arrested.
One homeless advocate said Friday the approach of the officers was offensive.
"At first they weren't even asking people to leave," said Charles Johnson. "The first interaction we had was, 'I need your name, I need some identification.'"
Mubarak was released from custody, but he is not allowed to go back to the parking lot where he was arrested while the case is pending. He is due back in court March 10.
Mubarak started the Right to Dream Too camp in Old Town. That property is now up for sale.
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