At 6:45am Saturday April 5th, Office Scott Sheldon of Homeland Security Federal Protective Services closed Terry Schrunk Plaza for "Public Safety" reasons. He personally put up Police Tape around the West half of the Plaza. The "Public Safety" reason he gave was "Damage to the Park." The only "damage" to the park is the grass is a little muddy to the right of the Floral Peace Symbol. The Police tape surrounds areas under the trees that are not in the slightest muddy or damaged. However, other grassy areas in the eastern half of the plaza that are waterlogged, muddy, and slick have not been closed.
The Portland Peace Encampment was forced to move out of the Plaza and onto the sidewalk. No arrests have been made so far.
Acting Lieutenant Miller of the Portland Police Bureau had checked on the encampment within the previous hour and found nothing wrong or out of the ordinary. Lt. Miller, stopped by shortly after Homeland Security left and expressed surprise. Officer Tobey and another Portland Police officer who then came to investigate even had to ask when Homeland Security put up the police line. Further discussions with Commander Sizer of Portland Police said that the Bureau has not had any problems with the encamplent, although "discussions" about "camping in public" are going on.
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