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Ownership questions remain after house reoccupied during protest

Ownership questions remain after house reoccupied during protest

PORTLAND, Ore. - Protesters still occupied a Northeast Portland home Wednesday, a day after helping its former owner break inside.

Police are still trying to figure out who owns the house and determine if the occupation by Alicia Jackson, who lost the home to foreclosure last year, is legal.

Jackson says she has a right to be inside because her foreclosure was unlawful. It's also why she's suing nearly two dozen banks and other companies for $400,000 in damages.

Those close to Jackson said Wednesday that she was too nervous to discuss details of her foreclosure.

Hundreds of protesters helped her reclaim the house Tuesday. But only a handful of them remained at the house the next day, ready to help if someone tried to push Jackson out.

But it won’t be police – at least not now.

"At this point, we have not identified who or what entity owns it and nobody is calling us a "victim" of trespassing," said Portland police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson. "Until we have that information and someone that lawfully has the authority to "trespass" the woman that moved back in, we will not proceed with any police action."

"They're in there. You can't use the police as a pawn. The police are here to protect us and not as a pawn. Let the courts settle it," said John Burrows who owns multiple properties in the area. But he said he doesn't agree with Jackson breaking into the home, because he says it's not legal.

He says he doesn't want to judge Jackson without knowing all the details. But like other neighbors interviewed for this story, he questioned whether she showed responsibility in taking on the mortgage.

"All of us would be evicted if we didn't pay," he said.

Protesters wanted to highlight Jackson's story as an example of what's happening across the country.

Questions remain, however, about how much she paid on the mortgage before she stopped making payments.

The last company listed in real estate records that owned the home, Fox Capital Corporation out of Beavercreek, did not responded to requests for comment Wednesday.

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