Police and protestors face off in Springfield

The downtown Springfield protest started after the Thurston march.

Posted: Jun 27, 2020 12:10 AM
Updated: Jun 27, 2020 1:50 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore.-- A Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Springfield was met by police in riot gear Friday night.

Around 100 demonstrators attempted to march through downtown after a protest in the Thurston neighborhood. They started at the Springfield Public Library. However, Springfield Police Officers blocked the streets as a way to keep protesters off Main Street. A loudspeaker was telling the crowd to disperse, calling it an unlawful assembly.

At one point the scene escalated with police pushing protesters off the streets onto the sidewalks. One protester was shoved by an officer and nearly fell to the ground. Police did stand down after about 30 minutes and protesters made their way back to the library.

There, a group of bikers arrived and looped around the crowd and did burnouts. The scene escalated again with protesters and the bikers confronting each other.

Officers in riot gear moved in and pushed the demonstrators back onto the sidewalk.  

Springfield Police stayed nearby and blocked off the streets to their headquarters. 

The protest ended around 11:30 p.m. with police backing off the crowd.

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