Arrests made as groups refuse to observe curfew

The curfew was extended from the downtown area to citywide at midnight. Eugene Police began advising groups of the curfew prior to midnight.

Posted: May 31, 2020 4:21 AM
Updated: May 31, 2020 3:32 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The curfew was extended from the downtown area to citywide at midnight. Eugene Police began advising groups of the curfew prior to midnight.

The early part of the night was characterized by small groups of mostly teens with signs and masks roaming in various parts of the downtown and other areas, including the Valley River Center.

One group began to place construction cones to block traffic on Oak but they were intercepted by police. Another group was attempting to block traffic at W. 11th Avenue and Willamette Street shortly before 10 p.m.

According to police, at 13th Avenue and Olive Street Fire Station 1, a group of about 20 gathered and one person lit a torch, possibly catching the station’s flag on fire. The group moved around and grew to about 35 at Lawrence Street and 7th Alley at 11:59 p.m. The group was warned to disperse but continued to go southbound on 7th Avenue and Washington Street. Pepper balls were deployed a few minutes after midnight on May 31.

Police reported the first person was taken into custody at 11th Alley at 12:12 a.m. There were then multiple arrests made. Police said the area returned to relative peace by 12:46 a.m.

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