DA: Grand Jury to weigh possible charges for Black Unity member

Charges have not been filed, and a Grand Jury will decide whether to indict the woman following additional investigation.

Posted: Aug 25, 2020 7:50 AM
Updated: Aug 26, 2020 10:45 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Jazmine Jourdan, the Black Unity organizer arrested Monday on charges stemming from a July protest, has been released from custody.

Black Unity members reacted with outrage on Tuesday following the arrest of a protester for rioting, assaulting a public safety officer and resisting arrest.

Lane County District Attorney Patty Perlow said charges were not filed Tuesday, and a Grand Jury will decide whether to indict Jourdan following additional investigation.

Clea Ibrahim, a Black Unity organizer, said Jourdan's arrest was unfounded and that Jourdan herself was the victim. Ibrahim said Jourdan was punched in the face multiple times by Springfield police during the demonstration in Thurston on July 29.

A demonstration, called Justice for Jaz, was held outside the Lane County jail at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

A spokesman for Springfield police, which arrested Jourdan, said they had no comment on her case. However, Sgt. David Grice said the department said at the time they anticipated making additional arrests of "protesters and counter-protesters."

As of Tuesday afternoon, three others were arraigned: Victoria Ramsperger, 21, faces charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, interfering with police and harasment on a police officer; Kaziah Myers, 29, faces similar charges; Jennifer Surdyk, 36, faces charges of disorderly conduct and interfering with police.

Ibrahim said they are set on meeting this with education and action, not conflict.

“I don’t think there’s anyone set on fighting back, but there is set on taking action," she said. "So we need to continue educating ourselves on how to take action moving forward and just keep going.”

KEZI 9 News was there when protesters marched to Springfield and were met with a police barricade. Things quickly became tense and escalated.

Our reporters witnessed police and protesters wrestling at the barricade line after authorities declared it an unlawful assembly.

In a Facebook post, members of the group say they plan to stand outside of Lane County Jail on the sidewalk in solidarity during her arraignment Tuesday afternoon.

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