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A group gathered in Southeast Portland on Friday, April 9 after tensions flared over recent removals of homeless camps.

COURTESY PHOTO: KOIN 6 NEWS - Workers install boards over broken windows at Rapid Response Bio Clean in Southeast Portland on Friday night, April 9. Tensions over the city's removal of outdoor shelters boiled over Friday night as a small group of protesters smashed windows of a local contractor often tasked with cleaning up debris as campers are removed.

Portland Police say they received reports of a few windows being broken and paint thrown on the walls of Rapid Response Bio Clean, 2711 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., around 9 p.m. April 9, as well as some unspecified damage to a neighboring business.

"No arrests were made, but the investigation is still ongoing," said PPB spokesman Sgt. Kevin Allen. "We ask that anyone who has information about who is responsible for the criminal mischief to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.."

Reports on social media indicated that several windows were smashed at a Chase Bank downtown as well, though Sgt. Allen said he wasn't able to locate any dispatch calls regarding the incident.

Activists have taken ire at the city's outdoor camp removal policy in recent days, with a renewed push to prevent the sweep of 15 tents at Laurelhurst Park just five months since the last eviction defense ultimately petered out.

Activists held a rally at the park March 30, Willamette Week reported.

On April 5, the city's Homelessness and Urban Camping Impact Program removed campers from downtown's Chapman Square, spurring some protesters to gather nearby, KOIN 6 News reported.

Activists also have staged a new "Tarpee"-style homeless camp, dubbed Jacob Barns' Landing, along the Peninsula Crossing Trail in North Portland, KGW reported April 8.


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