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Eugene Community, Law Enforcement Grieves for Dallas, Louisiana & Minnesota

Diane Dietz

Last week's violent shootings in Dallas, Louisiana and Minnesota have provoked strong emotions nationwide. Here, in Eugene, a community reacted.

On Friday, University of Oregon students led a memorial for victims Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, 2 black men killed by policemen last week. About 300 protestors marched down 13th Avenue, chanting "Black Lives Matter."

Detective Jed McGuire is President of the Eugene Police Employees Association. He says the shooting deaths of 5 Dallas police officers are an unfortunate reminder theirs is a dangerous job.

MCGUIRE: "There's been no direct threats related to any of the incidents to Eugene Police Department or intel on that. It's just, be extra aware, be extra cautious."

McGuire says the community's support in recent days has meant a lot. He says members of the department's honor guard detail will attend the Dallas officers' funerals.

Born and raised in Eugene, Anni started at KLCC in 2000 as a reporter and co-host of Northwest Passage. After graduating from the University of Oregon, Anni moved to New York City. She worked in education for several years before returning to her true love, journalism. Anni co-founded and co-hosted Dailysonic, a narrative-based news podcast. She interned at WNYC's On The Media, then becoming WNYC's assistant producer of Morning Edition.
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