When one of the Portland Peace Encampment demonstrators tried to pick up some of the Peace Camp items, two officers grabbed his wrists and restrained him. They said he had to "Stay 10 feet away from the Officer" or they would arrest him. He asked "For what?" and they replied "For being an asshole!" They then accused him of "Interfering with an Officer." The Police later picked him up off of a carpet he was sitting on and confiscated it. But, as usual, the Police did not cite anyone, but just confiscated everything that wasn't nailed down.
Later, when Peace Campers went to Central Precinct to get a Property Receipt, the Desk Sergeant refused to issue one stating "There was no one to give one to." This despite the fact that they several Peace Camp demonstrators had asked for a Property Receipt at the time and the Police had been physically restraining one of them.
The Police Guidelines for enforcing the Obstruction as Nuisance Ordinance, commonly referred to as the "Sit/Lie Ordinance," state that it may not be enforced against people "observing or participating in an event," which exempts all of the Peace Encampment in its entirety. But even if that is "overlooked," the guidelines say items may not be confiscated if they are in a persons direct control. This is what they police prevented when they restrained the peace campers. The guidelines also state that Property Receipts must be issued for all items seized.
Among the items confiscated were chairs (including a chair marked for use by the handicapped), coats, food, drinks, carpets, umbrellas, signs, paintings, sign making materials, and many other items.
Despite these illegal seizures by police, the Portland Peace Encampment continues. They request donations to replace the seized items, and in particular, sign making supplies.