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"I am authorizing the Portland Police to use all lawful means to end the illegal occupation on North Mississippi Avenue and to hold those violating our community’s laws accountable," Wheeler wrote on Twitter Tuesday night.PORTLAND POLICE AND PROTESTERS CLASH IN BROAD DAYLIGHTThe Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), with the assistance of the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), made at least seven arrests and cleared people on Tuesday morning who they said have been trespassing for months at the "Red House on Mississippi."The alleged trespassers had been ordered to leave the property following a court order in September.After the arrests were made, at least 100 demonstrators gathered outside the home on Tuesday evening and proclaimed it the “Red House Autonomous Zone," according to Oregon Public Broadcasting. The home sits within a historically Black residential neighborhood that is now gentrified, the paper reported.Wheeler on Tuesday said there was a "lengthy, thorough judicial proceeding resulting in a lawful judge’s order to evict people illegally occupying a home."According to the Portland Police Bureau, neighbors reported "significant livability, public safety, and public health concerns."Police said between September and November "at least 81 calls for service were placed for issues related to this property," according to data captured by the PPB.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"Calls for service included, but were not limited to, fights, disturbances, shots fired, burglary, thefts, vandalism, noise violations, trespassing, threats, including by armed individuals, and for illegally blocking traffic, sidewalks and access to homes," authorities said.The Associated Press contributed to this reportGet all the stories you need-to-know from the most powerful name in news delivered first thing every morning to your inboxSubscribedYou've successfully subscribed to this newsletter!

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