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Organizers plan to hold more 'America First' rallies in Lane County

Carol Leek, the founder of Oregon Women for Trump, said they don't have any dates set for future rallies but said there will be more than one.

Posted: May 6, 2019 7:04 PM
Updated: May 6, 2019 8:13 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The founder of Oregon Women for Trump said her group plans to hold more rallies in Lane County soon. Meanwhile, Eugene police said the rally on Sunday caused them to work overtime.

Carol Leek, the founder of Oregon Women for Trump, said while she lives south of Portland, her group has a lot of supporters in Lane County. She said they plan to hold multiple rallies in the future.

"Our supporters, they want to participate but they can't do it on their own," Leek said. "So they want us to help them do it."

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The Eugene Police Departmartment assisted Springfield police during Sunday's rally that ended up with one arrest after counter-protesters showed up. Eugene police spokeswoman Melinda McGlaughlin said 35 of their officers responded, which resulted in overtime for some officers. She didn't have the exact dollar amount of how much it cost but said calls like this also impact their response to other calls.

Leek said they didn't get a permit for Sunday's rally and claims they didn't need one. She said they called the police beforehand to give them a heads up and said they plan to the same if they hold any future rallies.

"I hate to take (police) away from other things they deem more important but this is what taxpayers pay for," said Leek.

KEZI 9 News reached out to Springfield police to learn if they also did overtime because of the rally and protest, but we have not heard back.

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