December 09, 2020 16:30
The Portland Police Bureau would like to update the public on an occupation developed in the Humboldt Neighborhood on private and public property that has been hostile toward police, journalists, and other community members.
During the morning of December 8, 2020, a group of people blocked North Mississippi Avenue between North Skidmore Street and North Prescott Street. Since that time and overnight, they have set up additional barricades and fortifications in this area. They have also stockpiled weapons.
Those involved in the occupation have threatened and assaulted people, and their actions indicate the intent to continue to do harm to the community. People carrying firearms have been reported in the area. Portland Police call on those individuals to leave their weapons and barricades behind and allow the neighborhood to return to peace.
"We want a peaceful and safe resolution to the occupation of public space on North Mississippi Avenue," said Chief Chuck Lovell. "We are greatly concerned about the fortification of barricades, stockpiling of weapons, armed sentries, attacks on journalists and threats to kill officers in graffiti in this public space. Our goal is for this to resolve peacefully to increase safety for all involved. I encourage those involved to reach out to our Demonstration Liaison Officers so we can discuss a peaceful outcome."
This criminal activity has had a significant impact on the safety of residents in that area and the livability of the neighborhood. Traffic and transit cannot pass. Emergency vehicles, including Fire & Rescue and paramedics, may be delayed or prevented from reaching people in need. Residents cannot move freely to and from their own homes. People have reported crimes within the occupied area, including assaults. Portland Police recommend that anyone without a need to be in the area avoid it.
Those in the area immediately impacted along North Mississippi Avenue between North Skidmore Street and North Prescott are severely affected. Anyone there should exercise caution and stay inside if they feel unsafe. Witnesses to crimes in progress in addition to the occupation are asked to report it to police.
Chief Lovell shared a video message to the community on his Twitter page: https://twitter.com/ChiefCLovell/status/1336778767599988736
Portland Police do not want a confrontation, but will act to enforce the law and use of force if necessary to clear this private and public land.
Portland Police will provide updates as appropriate. For past news releases on this subject, visit: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/news/
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