Portland issues ‘maximum fine’ on feds for courthouse fence; Mayor demands cease-fire meeting with DHS

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Thousands of protesters gather in downtown Portland for nightly protests. Fencing around the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse has become the flash point, as protesters work to dismantle it and federal officers respond with force. (Dave Killen / The Oregonian)The Oregonian

Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly said Tuesday the city is fining the federal government $500 every 15 minutes – the maximum charge allowed — until it removes an unpermitted fence blocking a bike lane on Southwest Third Avenue.

Eudaly, who oversees the transportation bureau, said the government hasn’t responded to her demand to remove the fence, which surrounds a portion of the federal courthouse. She said the bill is now $192,000 “and counting.”

“We intend to collect,” Eudaly, who is running for reelection, said in a tweeted statement. She also described the forces at the courthouse as “federal occupiers.”

The fence has become the centerpiece of nightly protests as the months-long marches and demonstrations devoted to racial justice and curbing police excesses escalated in recent days with the arrival of federal law enforcement teams staged at the courthouse.

See CNN link for mayor’s demands for cease fire from Feds.

Continued: Oregon Live. and CNN