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Eugene police made several arrests Wednesday in connection with a protest that turned violent on May 29th near downtown.  

Program date: July 31, 2020

Air date: August 3, 2020

From the City Club of Eugene:

The death of George Floyd on May 25 set off a series of protests across the United States and around the world, prompting greater public attention to excessive use of police force, as well as concerns about police oversight and accountability. Several other deaths, primarily of Black Americans, including Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, have compounded and magnified calls for defunding or abolishing the police, in addition to other strategies for police reform.

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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As COVID-19 cases continue to increase, Oregonians are now required to wear face masks outdoors when they are unable to socially distance. But the Eugene Police Department is not actively enforcing this rule.

Program Date: July 24, 2020

Air Date: July 27, 2020

From The City Club of Eugene:

The death of George Floyd on May 25 set off a series of protests across the United States and around the world, prompting greater public attention to excessive use of police force, as well as concerns about police oversight and accountability. Several other deaths, primarily of Black Americans, including Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, have compounded and magnified calls for defunding or abolishing the police, in addition to other strategies for police reform.

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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. 

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A reporter for the Eugene Weekly is suing the City of Eugene, members of the Eugene Police Department and the city manager.

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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.

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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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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A Black Unity activist, Isiah Wagoner, was hit by a driver with a vehicle on Sunday during a children’s protest in Eugene. He was taken by medics and treated for non-life threatening injuries at a nearby hospital. The Eugene Police Department says they've detained the suspect involved in the incident.

 

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As a result of almost daily protests and city council meetings this past month, the Eugene Police Department is undergoing policy changes, and could face budgetary reform.

 

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


 

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Eugene City Councilors unanimously voted (8-0) to adopt the City Budget without any amendments Monday night. Councilors made the decision after facing heavy criticism from speakers who demanded the city reallocate police funds to other services. 

 

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Protesters with the Black Lives Matter movement have been pushing for defunding police in the wake of recent police killings of African-Americans.

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For the second night in a row, a downtown Eugene curfew was extended city wide Sunday night.

The Eugene Police Department says arrests were made after groups of people moved around the downtown area, refusing to honor the curfew. Some began hitting light poles with hammers, while another small group knocked over mailboxes. In an effort to get the crowd to disperse EPD released tear gas near 10th and Willamette at 8:18 p.m.

Then, a group of 50-60 protesters at 8th and Mill blocked traffic, and the Ferry St. bridge was closed to prevent them from moving that direction.

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Several people were arrested Saturday night after an initial 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew for the downtown Eugene area was extended city wide and a local emergency declaration was invoked.

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Eugene Police are warning of increased break-ins into people’s garages in recent weeks. While some burglars used tools, many got in through unlocked doors and entrances.

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Two runaway girls have been returned to Eugene after police foiled what is being investigated as human trafficking.  As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, the case has prompted law enforcement to educate communities on the red flags of abuse and exploitation.

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A trial in the civil lawsuit filed by the family of Brian Babb against the City of Eugene and a Eugene police officer started Tuesday in Federal Court. The Babb family is suing for $7.5 million in damages.

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A Springfield woman was briefly kidnapped from a Eugene parking lot Monday. 21-year-old Treasure Javan Marler-Liggins was later found, safe.

Tiffany Eckert

Oregon’s Good Samaritan Law includes an aspect which has to do with drug overdose.  It provides immunity from drug charges and arrest when someone acts in good faith to save a life. To understand how the law impacts a community struggling with the opioid crisis, KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert walked the downtown beat with a Eugene cop.

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The No. 13 ranked University of Oregon football team is hosting Colorado for a rare Friday night game at Autzen stadium this week. 

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Crime reports have spiked around Lane Community College’s downtown Eugene campus. 

Rachael McDonald

Monday night, the Eugene City Council voted 6-2 to approve a new payroll tax.

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Local emergency first responders partnered with mental health and homeless advocates to build a temporary housing hut in downtown Eugene.  Police Chief Chris Skinner says this is an example of 21st century policing.

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Among other things, the Eugene area is known for bike theft, especially downtown.  The police department is working to keep this from happening.


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Eugene police are investigating an officer-involved shooting at around 4 A.M. Wednesday near the intersection of East 15th Avenue and Pearl Street.

Besides possibly saving your life, there is another reason for motorists to properly wear seatbelts: it’s the law. Over the next two weeks, area police departments will intensify enforcement campaigns. Federal funding will cover extra shifts and overtime so officers can conduct more intensive safety belt enforcement.

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A district official says students at Cascade Middle School in Eugene are still coping with the deadly force incident that happened outside its entrance two weeks ago. 

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