Rocks thrown at officers, police vehicles damaged by crowd at site of ‘Red House’ eviction in N. Portland

Protesters damaged police vehicles at the site of a house eviction in north Portland. (KPTV) 

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - A law enforcement operation to remove people accused of trespassing at a home in north Portland turned violent, as a crowd of people threw rocks and other objects at officers, damaged police vehicles and blocked the road. 

Mayor Ted Wheeler later authorized 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 said, with his full statement on Twitter

Portland police and Multnomah County deputies responded to the home, known as the “Red House,” on the 4400 block of North Mississippi Avenue at around 5 a.m. Tuesday.

A court order was issued in February of this year to evict people from the home, prior to state and federal emergency moratoriums.

The court order was served Sept. 9, giving people in the home time to leave the property and seek housing assistance, according to law enforcement.

A woman who said the house belongs to her family told FOX 12 she has been fighting the foreclosure for two years. She said the house was taken from them by "fraud and deceit through the big banks."

Deputies said at least 81 calls for services have been made regarding the home and the immediate area around the house for issues including fights, disturbances, shots fired, theft, trespassing and threats.

A protest followed the eviction Tuesday morning. Demonstrators were gathered at the scene Tuesday night, too. 

As officer in the morning waited for private contractors to put up a fence around the property, a gathering of people made their way into the perimeter, with uniformed officers at the scene with police vehicles and police tape around the property. 

Police said people in the group threw rocks and paint-filled balloons at officers. 

Police said additional arrests were made and pepper spray was used in at least one instance by officers.

At 9:42 a.m., contractors finished setting up the fence, and law enforcement removed their perimeter. Police made loudspeaker announcements for people not to interfere with the fencing and to stay off the private property. Officers and deputies left the area by 10 a.m. Almost immediately, police said people removed a portion of the fence and again entered the property.

Police returned and attempted to disperse the crowd, but officers said people again threw objects at the officers and their vehicles.

Guns and bear spray were seized from the scene. Windows were smashed on patrol cars and tires were slashed on two police vehicles.

Officers disengaged, according to the Portland Police Bureau, and people again entered the property. The crowd then used fencing and other materials to block North Mississippi and began “stockpiling rocks,” according to police.

Police stayed out of the immediate area, but continued to monitor the situation, according to PPB.

After seven people were initially arrested for trespassing Tuesday morning, six additional people were arrested as the situation escalated throughout the morning.

They were identified as:

  • 26-year-old Malik Farrakhan; interfering with a peace officer, resist arrest
  • 32-year-old Benjamin Einhorn; interfering a with a peace officer
  • 31-year-old Coral Cloutman; second-degree disorderly conduct
  • 24-year-old Stephen Wiens; second-degree disorderly conduct, interfering a with peace officer
  • 23-year-old Marshall Piotcowski; second-degree disorderly conduct, interfering a with peace officer
  • 26-year-old Alicxandra Blake Lucero; interfering with a peace officer, resisting arrest, second-degree trespass

Julie Metcalf Kinney, who lives in the Red House, spoke with FOX 12 on Tuesday night. 

“The people seeing that this tragedy was happening and they stepped up and they put it up live and the camp grew out of support from the people,” Kinney said.

Kinney shared her thoughts about the arrests Tuesday morning. 

“They were just dismantling like animals the camp that we had built,”  Kinney said.

Kinney's son, William, also spoke with FOX 12.

“They came with a strong presence and that’s why we’re out here screaming defund the police, because there’s no reason they should be coming like the Third Reich,” William said.

The family has been fighting against the foreclosure of their home for more than two years. 

William says they've filed multiple lawsuits to stop this, and now he says they won't leave until they are let back into their home. 

“We plan to stand the land until we get the land back,” William said.

Officers left the site, and since then, more demonstrators have shown up to stand in solidarity with the Kinney family. 

“There’s this also feeling of gratitude for people to really stand together to try and stop this tragedy from happening,” Kinney said.

Kinney and William say they want to resolve this peacefully and are willing to meet with local leaders to make that happen. 

“We don’t need another Trail of Tears or, you know, no Standing Rock, so hopefully, you know, we want to come to the round table and start negotiating,” William said.

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(12) comments

Toothache

If Wheeler and Hardesty, along with the other incompetent city leaders, would have done their jobs several months ago and not turned on the police, this would not be happening. Now it's up to the citizens to take whatever action is necessary to put these thugs out of business.

Worst PDX Mayor Ever

Are you saying we need to form a Portland Torch and Pitchfork Militia?

Ducky

It doesn't matter if someone's lived in that house since they were 5 yrs old. If you can't pay the mortgage, you need to move. You can't live in a house for free!

Worst PDX Mayor Ever

Well, from Kinney's comments, this one's pretty easy. She's a nutjob, and banks tend to ..ya know..foreclose, when people don't make their mortgage payments. This isn't Wounded Knee. There isn't some big conspiracy out to get her. This is a bank exercising it's right to foreclose on people who think they're entitled to hold on to property, when they default on a loan. Sorry..doesn't work that way. And then you get a bunch of vagrant losers, likely the tent people the line the new I-Ghetto-Five in North Portland. And what a lovely new addition THAT is to Portland. Geezus H..get me outta here. Portland has just absolutely gone to heII.

pb sir

So, how long will spineless Ted allow these law-breakers to block the street? Talk is one thing there, Ted... how about some action?

Tyrell Higgs

most of those people probably had no idea what was going on, they are in riot withdrawal and jumped at the change to destroy stuff

Bahlsach

Will the real BLM please stand up...

Hookie

The police need to take care of these street thugs before it gets way out of control , the police will be running scared but we can always send in Wheeler and Hardesty to get this under control

Merlin

Potland is a mecca for freeloaders.

nativepdx

This is what happens, when the DA does not prosecute rioters and vandals.

DefundTheMedia

When the police be able to defend themselves? Our idiot governor and mayor have lost total control of Portland. Incompetent fools. Sick of them.

Delta85

The No law city just keeps on giving ! Hey thugs they are breaking the law ! Defund the police take em away let people solve things on their own! Hi this is 911 can't help you solve it yourselves!

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