July 25, 2018 10:20
Today, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, starting at approximately 4:15 a.m., the Portland Police Bureau cleared the Occupy ICE encampment near Southwest Macadam Avenue and Southwest Bancroft Street.
There were no arrests or citations issued as officers cleared the camp. Additionally, there were no reports of injury as a result of the camp clearing. An officer reported using baton pushes as officers instructed demonstrators to move from the area. This use of force will be reviewed as outlined in Portland Police Bureau Directive 1010.00 Use of Force (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/647779
). No pepper spray or less lethal munitions were used during this operation.
This morning, the majority of the occupants of the Occupy ICE camp had already left. Based on this information, observations that the camp was no longer sustainable, and that contract clean-up workers were ready to begin cleaning the area, the Portland Police Bureau moved forward in a methodical and thoughtful manner to clear the remaining people from the campsite.
Announcements were posted on Monday, July 23, 2018, informing people at the Occupy ICE camp that the camp must be vacated. Today, officers informed people in the camp in person and over a loud speaker that they needed to leave the area or they could be cited or arrested. Officers moved through the camp slowly ensuring that all people had left the encampment.
"Last week PPB determined conditions at the Occupy ICE camp posed livability and safety concerns for the community and people staying in the camp," said Chief Danielle Outlaw. "I expressed this concern with the Mayor and he was in full support of moving forward to clear the camp. I am pleased that through collaboration and clear communication with the community, as well as the intentional and methodical processes employed by the Police Bureau, there were no arrests, citations, or injuries as a result of clearing the camp. I appreciate the community's patience as the clean-up process continues at the Occupy ICE camp"
Presently, the three companies contracted by the various property owners in the area of the Occupy ICE camp are removing debris. Any items of obvious utility and value that are left behind will be stored and available for pick-up until September 1, 2018. Anyone seeking to reclaim their property should contact Pacific Patrol Services at 503-595-3440.
Officers are continuing to maintain a safety perimeter around the Occupy ICE camp to allow the safe cleanup to continue.
Officers and contracted clean-up crews expect traffic to be impacted on roadways near the clean-up site until late this afternoon. At this time the following road closures are in place:
· Southwest Bancroft Street is closed between Southwest Macadam Avenue and Southwest Bond Avenue;
· Southwest Moody Avenue is closed between Southwest Bancroft Street and Southwest Lowell Street
The Police Bureau recognizes that members of the community traveling in Portland's South Waterfront need to access medical care, their workplaces, and homes. The Police Bureau will attempt to accommodate the needs of those traveling in the area. Currently a traffic pattern has been established on Southwest Bond Avenue near Southwest Bancroft Street to allow for two-way traffic. Motorists should use extreme caution as they travel through the area. Anyone requiring assistance as they travel in the South Waterfront should contact an officer in the area for assistance.
Approximately 45 Portland Police Bureau members assisted with the clearing of the Occupy ICE camp today.
Today, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, the Portland Police Bureau is assisting in the cleanup process at the Occupy ICE Camp located near Southwest Macadam Avenue and Southwest Bancroft Street.
On Monday, July 23, 2018, at 6:00 p.m., City of Portland contractors posted Notice of Intent to Clear Unlawful Campsite signage through the encampment. The notices provided people at the Occupy ICE Camp notification that on or after Tuesday, July 24, 2018, all belongings and people camping at the location should move elsewhere. Since the posting, the majority of the occupants have moved out and taken their belongings.
During this camp clean-up, the Police Bureau plans to move in a methodical and thoughtful manner. Anyone refusing to leave the campsite may be subject to citation or arrest for charges including, but not limited to, Criminal Trespass (ORS 164.245), Camping Prohibited on Public Property and Public Right of Way (PCC 14A.50.020), and Erecting Permanent or Temporary Structures on Public Property or Public Rights of Way (PCC 14A.50.050).
The Metropolitan Explosives Disposal Unit (MEDU) and Portland Fire and Rescue will be on scene as a precaution.
After officers have entered and secured the camp, contract workers will clean the campsite. During the camp clean-up, workers will collect items of obvious utility and value that are left behind. The collected items will be stored and available for pick-up until September 1, 2018. Anyone seeking to reclaim their property should contact Pacific Patrol Services at 503-595-3440.
During the camp clean-up traffic in the area may be impacted. Updates about road closures will be provided throughout the morning.
The Police Bureau will provide updates via Twitter, @PortlandPolice. Any interested media should stage at the northeast corner of Southwest Bancroft Street and Southwest Moody Avenue, best access is from the north. The Public Information Officer will be available during this incident.
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