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Multiple Arrests Overnight Sunday Amid City Wide Curfew

Elizabeth Gabriel

For the second night in a row, a downtown Eugene curfew was extended city wide Sunday night.

The Eugene Police Department says arrests were made after groups of people moved around the downtown area, refusing to honor the curfew. Some began hitting light poles with hammers, while another small group knocked over mailboxes. In an effort to get the crowd to disperse EPD released tear gas near 10th and Willamette at 8:18 p.m.

Then, a group of 50-60 protesters at 8th and Mill blocked traffic, and the Ferry St. bridge was closed to prevent them from moving that direction.

With the group moving towards the University of Oregon campus, tear gas was again deployed near Kincaid and 14th at 11:11 p.m.

Multiple people were arrested. After the arrests, Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner released the following statement:

We had a largely lawful protest earlier today, where organizers worked to provide a safe framework for their free speech. Later, there was a group that appeared to have a different set of goals. These protesters we have been seeing as daylight falls appear to be younger and excited about creating conflict. This comes at a cost to the community. Our local businesses and residents can’t afford and don’t deserve to have to pay for what occurs when mobs get out of control.”

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Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Public Speaking.
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