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Pro-Police Supporters in Springfield Face Off Against Counter Protesters

Elizabeth Gabriel


Monday evening, community members gathered in downtown Springfield to support local police.


Beginning at 5:30, roughly 300 pro and anti police protesters met at the Springfield Public Library.

Credit Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

Tensions between protesters rose on multiple occasions, causing police officers to step in to deescalate several fights. At least one anti-police protester was arrested.

Before the night ended, anti-police protesters stood in a line across from Springfield Police on several occasions. One of which included chants for Stacy Kenny, who was killed by SPD in March 2019.

The protest concluded around 9:30. More protests in support of black lives matter and defunding the police are being planned for later this week in Eugene.


Elizabeth Gabriel is a former KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She is an education reporter at WFYI in Indianapolis.
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