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Black Unity shocked by officer-involved shooting in Eugene

After months of protesting, Ty ford said he feels like his voice and the voices of the Black Lives Matter movement have not been heard.

Posted: Dec 1, 2020 7:44 PM
Updated: Dec 2, 2020 8:02 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Black Lives Matter activist groups are reacting to Monday's officer-involved shooting that sent a suspect to the hospital with life-threatening injures.

Ty Ford, an organizer for Black Unity, said he is shocked a shooting like this happened in Eugene. After months of protesting, he said he feels like his voice and the voices of the Black Lives Matter movement have not been heard.

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"We are done talking about reform and we are here to talk about revolutionary change that will benefit people as a whole," Ford said.

Lane County District Attorney Patty Perlow said in a statement her office will not release the name of the suspect until charges are filed. She said the DA's office is looking into two cases, one involving Monday's shooting and another involving the alleged domestic violence situation officers were originally called to.

"These types of events are traumatic for all involved and the community as a whole. In this circumstance, there are two criminal investigations concurrently pending, one involving allegations of domestic violence and one involving the use of force by police. Neither investigation is completed. It would be reckless to draw conclusions or release information until those investigations are concluded. There are witnesses who have not been identified, let alone interviewed. This office does not release the names of criminal suspects prior to arrest or a determination of the filing of charges. If charges are filed, a criminal defendant has constitutional rights which must be enforced," Perlow said in her statement.

Ford said he is frustrated Eugene Police are not being more transparent. He wants all of the video evidence to be released so the public can see if the shooting was justified.

"The most frustrating part is that the police are not giving us any transparency," Ford said. "They committed a crime and they know that and it feels like they're scared and will not give us transparency. It sucks because people have to go off whatever the police say."

This is still an active investigation. During Monday's briefing, Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner said they are working to gather and verify as much information as they can before officials release it to the public.

Ford said Black Unity is planning a protest this week after Monday's officer-involved shooting and the death of two black men who were shot and killed in Oregon over the past two months.

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