Police begin cleanup at Occupy camp

Police begin cleanup at Occupy camp
Many tents are gone at the Occupy Portland camp Sunday morning.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland police are cleaning up the Occupy Portland camp Sunday morning after thousands of protesters flooded the streets in anticipation of the 12:01 a.m. Sunday deadline to clear the parks.

Police began clearing tarps and debris after 8:00 a.m. Sunday. KATU’s Meghan Kalkstein reported police told protesters who were still in Chapman and Lownsdale Squares that "the park is now closed" and they had to leave. The interaction was mostly peaceful, according to KATU reporters at the scene.

Many protesters obeyed the officers and left the park. Police allowed them to claim their belongings, and began taking down unclaimed tents and putting them in the street with the other debris.

A police spokesman said it is the intention of the Portland Police Bureau to resolve the situation peacefully.

At 7 a.m. Mayor Sam Adams arrived at the parks and said it is now up to his office and the police “to determine when to move forward with the closure to the public of the parks.”

Adams preached patience, and said that he’s trying to balance free speech and safety.