More proof that the public cannot handle the online registry without stooping to vigilantism.
By Carla Castano
PORTLAND (KOIN) - A counseling clinic that already relocated once because of neighborhood concerns is getting backlash from residents in its new location and called the police over a few issues.
Whole Systems Clinic and Consultation recently moved to 125th and Stark in Southeast Portland, but critics worry it’s too close to several schools in the area. Tensions have gotten so high police are now involved.
What appears to be BB gun holes are visible in the windows of the clinic that primarily serves convicted sex offenders. They moved out of a Sellwood neighborhood earlier this year.
But neighbors said they weren’t notified until after the clinic opened its doors on Stark.
“I worry for the children at the bus stop,” neighbor Lauren Mosbrucker told KOIN 6 News.
Area residents understand counseling for sex offenders is a necessary service, but they don’t want it near their neighborhood or schools.
Clinic employees, who said they’ve been harassed and threatened by neighbors, called Portland police in the past week. That’s why they’ve backed out of a Tuesday night community forum, though a mediator will attend along with neighbors, police and county officials.
Tuesday’s meeting is from 7-9 p.m. at the David Douglas District Office Boardroom at 1500 SE 130th in Portland.