EUGENE, Ore. — Residents of a west university house say that police illegally entered their home Friday night and arrested several people.
Eugene Police responded to the house known as The Campbell Club because of a noise complaint. They say the house on the 1600 block of Alder Street has been on their radar for decades and they had to respond to a situation that was simply unacceptable.
“Police officers found themselves in a struggle with the residents and actually being pulled inside the house and fearing for their lives and safety,” said Lt. Doug Mozan, Eugene Police Department
EPD reported obtaining a search warrant saying partygoers were uncooperative. But residents of The Campbell Club said the officers’ interests weren’t just focused on the house.
“They were not interacting with the house at all. They were pulling people off the sidewalk and grabbing citations,” said resident Lee Andres.
Residents also say police broke down the doors to people’s private bedrooms.
“Doors were broken down with battering rams, busted off of their hinges. People were drug out of bed who were sleeping. Some who were sick, ill with the flu, were drug out of bed handcuffed,” said resident Chanel Warzynski
EPD says “The Campbell Club” has caused them problems for years.
Andres has lived at the house for more than two years and thinks previous tenants have created an unfair reputation for current residents.
This is incredibly prejudicial and that we are being targeted because of our reputation and not because of any particular action that we took,” Andres said.
EPD says parties like the one Friday night are a prime example of why the city needed to implement the social host ordinance. They say when it takes effect in March, it will allow them to focus on houses that perpetually cause problems.
“There is a limit to how much disorder is going to be acceptable. And the kind of party that we witnessed on Friday night was off the charts unacceptable,” said Lt. Mozan.
EPD says incidents like the one Friday night are a huge drain on resources and prevent officers from patrolling the community at large. Residents agreed, saying it was a shame that so many police officers were focused on one noisy party.