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Creswell mayor claims organizers of right-wing gathering targeting her

Mayor Amy Knudsen said that organizers of the event have protested the citations at her home and spread false claims online.

Posted: Jul 29, 2021 9:07 AM
Updated: Jul 29, 2021 10:38 AM

CRESWELL, Ore. -- The Creswell mayor claims she is being targeted by right-wing organizers upset about citations they received following an unpermitted parade.

In a statement on the City of Creswell's Facebook page Mayor Amy Knudsen said that organizers of the event have protested the citations at her home and spread false claims online.

"City Council meetings are held once a month and are open to the public. This is the time and place to address City Council. Not at an elected official’s home," she wrote.

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In lieu of the city's traditional Fourth of July parade, right-wing demonstrators held an unofficial and unpermitted gathering on the city's streets. The Lane County Sheriff's Office cited organizers Julie Bivens and Chris Tough for violating city ordinances. The citations carry presumptive fines of $2,550

On July 24, dozens of people gathered again in Creswell to protest those citations. 

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"The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for issuing citations for illegal activity and code violations. City Council cannot rescind citations issued to citizens," Knudsen wrote. "Individuals who receive citations must attend a municipal court session and the municipal judge issues the fine or punishment."

According to Knudsen, Bivens has targeted her by protesting at her home while waving flags, chanting and yelling that she was a Communist. She also said that Bivens has posted her address and made false claims online.

Knudsen also refuted claims that she participated in the Fourth of July parade. Instead, she said that she and her family were caught in the parade while driving and that a man yelled and threatened to kill her before she was able to pass through the streets. 

"While the two organizers of the parade are affiliated with the Proud Boys group and QAnon, I do not believe the majority of the parade participants and attendees are affiliated with these groups," she wrote.

According to Knudsen, the parade organizers received citations for violating city code and not for their political beliefs.

"Regardless of an individual’s affiliation with any group or organization, the city cannot and will not limit freedom of speech." Knudsen wrote. "I value and support freedom of speech and all of our Constitutional rights. The parade organizers are not being cited for their affiliations with any group, they are being cited for violating city code."

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