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Eugene Protest Turns Into Riot Downtown

Nathan Bouquet

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


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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