Eugene Protest Turns Into Riot Downtown

Jul 26, 2020

A Eugene protest Saturday saw upwards of 300 participants and attracted the attention of counter protestors and the Eugene police.

 

Protestors watch counter protestors file in from across the street at the Whole Foods which was later vandalized
Credit Nathan Bouquet

It started as a rally at the federal courthouse for Eugene residents to stand in solidarity with protestors in Portland. But by the end of the night, it was a full-fledged riot that made its way through downtown and west Eugene.

 

After resisting counter protestors at the courthouse, the group of about 300 marched to the Lane County Jail to show support for inmates demanding better conditions to stop the spread of COVID-19. They made a loop to Broadway and vandalized businesses in their path, including Wells Fargo, Whole Foods, and Elk Horn Brewery.

 

Eugene police became involved and arrested some protestors, while shouting warnings to disperse over a loudspeaker and utilizing tear gas which marchers and reporters were hit by.

 

Update: Eugene Police say they arrested 8 people on Saturday night, including one minor who was released to their parents. 

 

The following individuals were arrested during the riot: 

Emma Haskins, age 26, Arrested for Riot

 

Daniel Sascha Newman, age 32, Arrested for Riot and Interfering

 

Benjamin Isaiah Gregg, age 22, Arrested for Riot, Resisting Arrest, Interfering

 

Michael Thomas Madden, age 37, arrested for Riot, Disorderly Conduct

 

Kelly Fitzgerald, age 40, arrested for Riot, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest

 

William Gibson age 21, arrested for Riot, Disorderly Conduct

 

Case #20-12099

 

The Following Arrested under Case #20-12094

 

Robert Welch, age 44, arrested for Unlawful Use Weapon, Reckless endangering

 

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