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Arrest of 14-year-old girl sparks controversy; mother says force not justified

The mother says Eugene police used excessive force in taking her daughter into custody during Saturday night's riot.

Posted: Jul 26, 2020 2:36 PM
Updated: Jul 26, 2020 11:51 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The mother of a 14-year-old girl said Eugene police used unnecessary and excessive force in arresting her daughter Saturday night during a downtown riot.

The woman said her daughter kicked a trash can into the street as a police car arrived near W. 7th Ave. and Lincoln Street. She said four officers exited the vehicle and took her daughter to the ground.

"This is why the riots are all happening, right?" she said on Sunday. "Because of police aggressiveness."

She said her daughter was taken to jail and cited for rioting, interfering with police, and resisting arrest. She was then released. 

In a statement, Eugene police said the girl threw rocks at officers.

The woman admits that her daughter is not "innocent" in the matter, and hopes she learns something from the incident.

But she also hopes EPD will reevaluate their actions and use more restraint in the future.

"She's a small girl," the mother said. "She's very petite. I think that was a little out of control.... especially since it was a child."

EDITOR'S NOTE: The name of the mother has been withheld because she shares the same name as the daughter. It is the policy of KEZI to not identify juvenile suspects in most circumstances.

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