Portland “Red House” Standoff Continues
Protesters say they're fighting to protect yet another family of color from losing their home as a years-long eviction process moves forward. KGW's Maggie Vespa reports.
PORTLAND, Oregon (NBC News) — A home in Portland, Oregon known as the “Red House on Mississippi” has drawn the attention of city leaders, police and local activists.
The family who lives in the home lost it to foreclosure two years ago and refused to leave. Recently, police tried to make them leave. In response, protesters set up fences and camps around the property, shut down Mississippi Avenue and have thrown rocks, bottles and balloons at anyone with a badge. In at least one case, protesters threatened and injured journalists who got too close.
Some Portland officials, including Mayor Ted Wheeler, say the behavior of protesters is way over the line and they’ve got to go, one way or another.
Protesters say they’re fighting to protect yet another family of color from losing their home.
Outrage over the family’s eviction has been brewing for months. A lot of it stems from a visit by Multnomah County Sheriff’s deputies in September. That’s when the Kinneys, who live in the “Red House,” said they were ordered to leave.
“All I hear is banging on my door,” Julie Metcalf Kinney recalled from that day. “Then, I see there’s nine sheriffs standing outside and next thing I know, they’re kicking in the door with guns drawn.”
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