Black Lives Matter

Weeks after the Eugene Police Department declared a riot on May 29, the department declared one again last Saturday, July 25. Demonstrators in Eugene gathered to stand in solidarity with Portland protesters in opposition of the Federal Department of Homeland Security and against police brutality. 

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The Eugene Mayor and Police Department held a press conference Monday to address the protests on Saturday and Sunday. EPD explained why they used certain tactics, such as tear gas.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

Roughly 100 Black Unity supporters met for a protest Wednesday night outside of the Springfield Public Library. But plans changed when the group had an open dialogue with dozens of counter protesters who also showed up. 

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News


Last Wednesday, five people were arrested while protesting against police brutality outside of Eugene Police Department headquarters. Now, protesters are speaking out about mistreatment while in custody.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC

The Eugene City Council Monday is expected to establish a task force to look at public safety funding in the community. The move is spurred by demands from Black Lives Matter protesters who seek a change to how the police department is funded.

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Saturday afternoon, Washington Jefferson Park in Eugene was teeming with the sound of basketball games and chants for Black justice.  It was all part of the “Speak Up and Dribble” event.

Top & bottom left photos taken by Elizabeth Gabriel | Right photo taken by Nathan Bouquet

In the third episode of KLCC's special series covering Black Lives Matter protests in Eugene and Springfield, Black Unity leaders stand in solidarity with Portland protesters, All Lives Matter protesters chant "Black Lives Matter," and Eugene's long-awaited City Council work session on policing is right around the corner. Join KLCC News Director Rachael McDonald and reporters Elizabeth Gabriel and Nathan Bouquet in the latest episode of the Northwest Passage.

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Roughly 200 people met at North Eugene High School on Wednesday for a protest led by Black Unity. Throughout the night, protesters showed solidarity with BLM supporters in Portland.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News


With the Black Lives Matter movement causing people to reevaluate the continuance of systemic racism, KLCC is creating a series that examines the successes and failures of Oregon schools with regards to race, and what schools can do to be more inclusive.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Black student-athletes at Oregon State University have launched a public awareness campaign for racial justice issues.

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A state commission is advising against displaying Confederate flags in historic Oregon cemeteries.

Friday Night Protests in Eugene and Springfield

Jul 11, 2020
Nathan Bouquet

On Friday, Eugene and Springfield both saw protests that drew out large groups of attendees.

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In response to criticism of police brutality nationwide, many districts are reevaluating the role of  school resource officers. SROs were a hot topic during a recent Bethel school board work session. 

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The topic of displaying Confederate flags in historic Oregon cemeteries will be addressed in a meeting later this month.

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A group of at least 100 protesters gathered at Peterson Park in Eugene on Monday in remembrance of Summer Taylor, who was killed during a hit and run at a protest in Seattle over the weekend. 

Melorie Begay, KLCC News

A Black Lives Matter protest in the unincorporated community of Deadwood on Saturday attracted up to 60 attendees. Organizers planned the event as an outlet for children to stand in solidarity with the widespread movement. It's only one step organizers said they are taking in the fight for racial justice in their community.

Brian Bull / KLCC

A Black Unity activist suspects “pure anger” was behind a driver’s motive for striking him with his vehicle at a children’s march last month.

Elizabeth Gabriel (Top & Bottom Left Photos & Top Right Photo)/ Melorie Begay Bottom Right Photo)

On this episode of the Northwest Passage podcast, tensions between police and protesters in Springfield flair, a hit-and-run during a peaceful children's march leads to increased friction between protesters and the Eugene Police Department, meanwhile EPD says they have plans for reform.

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The Eugene Police Department has unveiled its initial steps toward reform in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the nationwide protests that followed. 

Elizabeth Gabriel

A Eugene Police investigation of a hit and run that injured a prominent Black Lives Matter activist last Sunday is almost complete.

Kendall Hocking


As some Market of Choice employees protest their inability to wear Black Lives Matter face masks, other acts of discrimination are coming to light. Now, employees are fighting to feel comfortable in the workplace.

Top Left & Bottom Left Photos by Melorie Begay, Top Right and Bottom Right Photos Taken By Elizabeth Gabriel

The May 25 death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis Police custody has sparked national outrage, and has reignited the Black Lives Matter Movement in towns and cities across the country. In Eugene and Springfield protesters have held marches nearly every day since May 29.

Melorie Begay

Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner says his department is investigating a collision between a car and a Black Unity protester Sunday. 

Anni Katz

Dozens of people protested outside of Market of Choice in Eugene Monday.

Kendall Hocking

Employees at Market of Choice in Eugene plan to protest outside of the Willamette Street store today [Monday] to protest the company’s unwillingness to allow them to wear masks that say “Black Lives Matter”.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News


Saturday evening, Black Unity supporters met in downtown Springfield to protest against police brutality. The march was in response to Friday’s events.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News


Friday evening, Black Unity supporters gathered in Springfield to spread awareness for the Black Lives Matter movement. But tensions escalated between protesters and the police.

The Oregon Health Authority says Black Lives Matter demonstrations have not contributed significantly to the spike in coronavirus cases around the state.

During a Friday morning press conference, Oregon State Health Officer Dr. Dean Sidelinger said that although some individuals who tested positive reported they did attend demonstrations, the agency has not seen large clusters in cases or gathered evidence of transmission in these settings.

Eugene Police Department

Eugene Police say they’ve arrested a man who not only participated in the May 29th riot that trashed businesses near the downtown, but also took time to rob a looting suspect.

Aubrey Bulkeley

Black Unity protesters marched in Eugene Wednesday night in what the group calls an education protest. Approximately 150 people marched through the Whiteaker neighborhood.