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Protests Against Police Brutality & Racism Continue In Eugene

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

For the 5th day in a row, protestors gathered in Eugene to denounce police brutality and the death of George Floyd. The crowd drew up to 1,200 marchers for a protest that started Tuesday evening, and lasted into the night.




From the beginning protestors kept their march peaceful, staying on the sidewalk and often obeying pedestrian rules. 


Marchers made their way around the downtown area of the city passing by the Lane County Jail, and later looping back to the Federal Courthouse. 


Here they took a moment of silence, offered solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, called for racial justice and shared stories of police violence. They also calledout the city for placing curfews on residents with little notice.


City Manager Pro Tem Sarah Medary has issued curfews for the downtown area, and later expanding it citywide, since May 29. On the night of May 29, several businesses were damaged and a bonfire was started near the intersection of Washington and 7th street. Medary did not issue a curfew Tuesday night.


Later, protestors went back to marching, this time going through downtown and back out toward the University of Oregon’s campus. This time they took over the road with officers following behind and blocking off traffic near the marcher’s route. 


Protestors stopped at the UO Police Department before marching back downtown and settling at Kesey Square around 10 p.m. The crowd began to disperse with a couple dozen continuing to chant into the night.


This is a developing story and this story may be updated.




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Melorie Begay is a multimedia journalist for KLCC News. She was the Inaugural KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She has a bachelors in Multimedia Journalism from the University of New Mexico. She previously interned at KUNM public radio in Albuquerque, NM and served as a fellow for the online news publication New Mexico In Depth.