Police, protesters clash during SE Portland eviction

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Police swarmed the eviction protest in Southeast Portland Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by Dan Tilkin, KATU News)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Police evicted a Portland woman from her home Tuesday despite efforts of dozens of protesters to keep her there.

Multnomah County sheriff's deputies and Portland police officers began evicting Patricia and Darren Williams from their home at 12028 SE Pardee St. on Tuesday afternoon.

That's when an estimated 50 people from the group We Are Oregon protested the eviction at the Williams home. Several protesters were pepper-sprayed by police and one man was arrested.

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We Are Oregon aims to help homeowners who are facing foreclosure stay in their homes.

More sheriff's deputies and police officers were called to the scene as the number of protesters increased, according to Lt. Steve Alexander.

Several protesters gathered in front of the home carrying a long sign on a pole and pushed into the police officers and deputies in front of the home to try to get inside, Alexander said. That's when police pepper-sprayed some of the protesters.

Protester Eric Neil Bowen, 34, ran into the home and was arrested.

Earlier this month Patricia Willams told KATU News that she had lived in her home for eight years. When she was put on disability and her medical bills began to mount she asked her lender about renegotiating her loan.

Williams said her lender tried to foreclose on them as quickly as possible rather than figure out how to help her stay in her home.

“I'm going to fight with everything, with every breath in my body to help bring this injustice to light," Williams said.

The Williams family claimed they had paperwork that said they could stay in their home until Nov. 2, but the sheriff said Tuesday was the deadline for them to leave.

"It's not something we have discretion over, we feel for the family," said Cpt. Jason Gates with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. "We have to do this on a regular basis. It's an important thing to understand we're not here to cause a confrontation."

"I just want to have my day in court. They're doing everything they can to stop that," said Williams.

Williams said she has a court hearing on Friday.

Police boarded up the house and told protesters that anyone who returned would be trespassing.

Protesters began to leave at around 2:30 p.m.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Portland Police Bureau will independently review the use of force, which is standard procedure.

KATU's Dan Tilkin contributed to this story.