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NAACP: Springfield Police Action On July 29th Violated Rights Of Protesters

Elizabeth Gabriel

The local branch of the NAACPsays it’s demanding Springfield Police work to de-escalate community divisions, not add to them by quote-- “pitting one portion of the community against another.” 

In a statement released today, the group says it’s concerned that people’s civil rights were violated by Springfield officers, referring to actions used against protesters Wednesday night. 

In footage from that confrontation, police, protesters, and counter protesters are seen shouting at each other, before some protesters are pulled under a barricade by law enforcement.

Some say counter protesters stalked and threatened people who were there peacefully, without intervention by nearby officers.

The Eugene-Springfield NAACPis asking people who feel their rights were infringed to log a complaint on their online incident report form.

The statement ends with, "We need to increase transparency and accountability to the right to peacefully protest."

A request for comment from the Springfield Police has not been returned as of this time.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ 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 (22 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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