Activists clash with police trying to remove homeless camp

Activists clashed with police Friday morning as law enforcement removed the homeless encampment from Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis.

Image credit: Twitter via @KyleHooten2

Police began to remove the sprawling homeless encampment at Powderhorn Park Friday morning, but were met with resistance.

Powderhorn Park was taken over by a massive homeless encampment two months ago. While the camp existed, residents of the surrounding neighborhood feared for their safety as a child was sexually assaulted, shots rang out on multiple occasions, and violent crime reached a rate 188% above the national average. After more than 60 days, Minneapolis Park Police took action to remove the camp but were greeted by an angry mob, resulting in the deployment of tear gas, according to reports.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) served eviction notices on July 31 to the inhabitants of the camp at Powderhorn Park. When police arrived to clear the camp 14 days later on Friday morning, they brought skid loaders and garbage trucks with them.

Videos showing multiple angles of the police action were posted to Twitter.

City buses also arrived to transport residents of Powderhorn Park along with their possessions to other parks, according to a reporter on the ground.

However, not long after law enforcement arrived on scene, activists sent out calls for backup to mount a resistance effort against the officers.

As individuals who oppose the eviction arrived on scene, officers were pushed from the area, according to a crime watch service that monitors police radio communications.

After officers were “encircled by about 100 people,” according to a radio communication reported by Crime Watch Minneapolis, cops at the park were ordered to return to their vehicles and vacate the area.

One of the left-wing groups that resisted police action at the park then reported that tear gas was deployed against the mob.

A reporter on the ground also claims that police used mace to disperse crowds.

The MPRB released a statement regarding the actions they took at park, Friday morning. The release cites fears for the safety of city employees as well as the threat of bio-hazardous materials collecting at the encampment as reasons for acting to clear the area.