EUGENE, Ore. -- As a citywide curfew was put into effect again Sunday night, Eugene Police was joined by Federal Protective Service, and Eugene Springfield Fire EMS to continue their focus on protecting property, preventing criminal violent activity, allowing peaceful marching and the safe movement of pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
Eugene officials enacted a temporary nighttime curfew in downtown Eugene from 9 p.m. Sunday, May 31, through 6 a.m. Monday, June 1. This was extended to apply citywide at 11 p.m.
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“We had a largely lawful protest earlier today, where organizers worked to provide a safe framework for their free speech,” said Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner. “Later, there was a group that appeared to have a different set of goals. These protesters we have been seeing as daylight falls appear to be younger and excited about creating conflict. This comes at a cost to the community. Our local businesses and residents can’t afford and don’t deserve to have to pay for what occurs when mobs get out of control.”
Around 8 p.m. Sunday, a group of about 50 protesters met at Broadway and Olive Street. Police said some people in the group were seen hitting light poles with a hammer. When asked to leave, some complied but others continued in the roadway.
One person was taken into custody as police continued to ask them leave.
Gas was deployed at 10th Avenue and Willamette Street at 8:20 p.m.
A crowd then began forming at Kesey Square and announcements were made regarding the temporary downtown curfew put into place around 6:27 p.m. Three people were seen going eastbound at 10th and Willamette knocking over mailboxes at 9:18 p.m. Four people were arrested around this time.
The crowds were advised to leave. Although the crowd moved from 8th Avenue and Mill Street, they did not disperse, but continued to move together as a unit toward 13th Avenue and Alder Street.
Multiple people who were serving as aggressors were arrested. Gas was deployed at Kincaid Street and 14th Avenue around 11:11 p.m.
A whole group was still moving around the 15th Avenue and Lincoln Street area at 11:45 p.m.