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No charges for Elk Horn protesters; city declines to prosecute

Steve Sheehan, owner of the restaurant, says he was informed by detectives that the Eugene city prosecutor's office declined to move forward on charges.

Posted: Feb 19, 2020 10:39 AM
Updated: Feb 19, 2020 10:45 AM

EUGENE, Ore -- The city of Eugene prosecutor's office has reportedly declined to press charges against five protesters who invaded a popular restaurant and harassed diners with a bullhorn.

Steve Sheehan, owner of the Elk Horn Brewery, says he was informed by a Eugene police detective that the prosecutor's office declined to move forward with charges of disorderly conduct.

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However, Sheehan says, the police will cite the protesters for trespassing if they return to the restaurant.

The incident occured on Feb. 8 during the dinner hour, when the protesters stood on tables and read statements denouncing Sheehan and a group of business owners called Eugene Wake Up.

The protesters claim that Sheehan and the group use dangerous rhetoric against Eugene's homeless population.

Sheehan denies this, noting that he himself was once homeless. He says the group seeks to stop "lawlessness" on city streets.

Attempts to contact Travis Smith, the city's lead prosecutor, were not successful.

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