Protest in Thurston turns violent

A protest turned into chaos in Thurston Wednesday evening.

Posted: Jul 29, 2020 10:58 PM
Updated: May 3, 2021 1:02 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore.-- A protest turned into chaos in Thurston Wednesday evening.

The protest started at Jessie Memorial Park in the Thurston neighborhood with about 200 people peacefully marching and chanting through the neighborhood.

Protesters started to march but then ran into a police barricade, this is when things got tense and escalated fast. 

Our KEZI 9 News reporter saw police and protesters wrestling at the barricade line. Protesters continued to march back to Jessie Memorial Park where they were then met by counter-protesters.  People from both sides came up to our reporter claiming they had been punched, slapped or hit with pepper spray.

Our reporter saw at least two people taken into custody. 

Now these events are still developing and we will update you as we learn more information.

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