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More Tips On Rioters Sought Including Assault On Driver


Nearly a month after a destructive riot erupted in downtown Eugene, police are asking for leads on those involved.

May 29th saw a peaceful march for George Floyd devolve into looting, burned dumpsters, and trashed businesses.  

In https://vimeo.com/432935802">one incident captured on video, a rideshare driver and her two passengers were blocked from entering the Washington street ramp onto eastbound I-105.  Rioters surrounded her car and smashed its rear window.  The passengers fled.  When the driver exited, the mob punched her in the face and stomach, before knocking her to the pavement.

Footage from a rideshare driver's videocam shows people who blocked her from an on-ramp May 29th, 2020. EPD investigators are seeking tips on those involved.

The woman was able to return to her vehicle and escape the scene. Eugene-Springfield Fire EMS transported her to a local hospital for treatment.

Eugene Police have provided footage of the rioting that occurred from May 29th into the early morning of the 30th

Tips on those involved in the assault – and other incidents from that night – can call 1-541-262-5388.

One man involved in an armed robbery during the looting of a business complex has been arrested.

Witnesses say the majority of rioters and looters were young and white, and not associated with the Black Lives Matter activists.  Many begged the violence to stop and not detract from their calls for justice reform and black empowerment.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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