Protesters march for hours through downtown Eugene

More than 1,000 people gathered to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer.

Posted: Jun 3, 2020 12:01 AM
Updated: Jun 3, 2020 10:56 AM

EUGENE, Ore. – For the fifth consecutive night, hundreds of peaceful protesters marched through downtown Eugene over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. 

On Tuesday, protesters started to gather around 3:30 p.m. outside the federal courthouse in Eugene and they marched through the downtown core for miles. They did one lap, went back to the courthouse, listened to speeches, and did another lap through the city. 

Protesters ended their march around 10 p.m. at Kesey Square. One protester who goes by Midas said he is delighted the protests were peaceful Tuesday.

"I knew we could do it. I honestly have so much faith in this community," Midas said. "I was there Friday. I saw the vandalism. That wasn’t us; it wasn’t Black Lives Matter.”

Midas said he will continue to protest until change is made to end systematic racism. He said the community should expect more protests.

The Eugene Police Department also described the protests as peaceful. 

Chief Chris Skinner released this statement:

“The activities tonight appeared well organized and self-regulating. There were times the march took up roadways, but it was not hugely disruptive. Because of this, there was no need for us to intervene given the way the participants were behaving. I definitely give this group credit for maintaining such large crowds without any issues.”

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