SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg is speaking out after recent protests in the city.
On July 29, a protest in the Thurston area turned violent with Black Lives Matter protesters clashing with police and counter-protesters. Several people were arrested, and controversy remains over who escalated the situation.
"I support and respect the Black Lives Matter movement. I support and respect the officers at the Springfield Police Department. These are not mutually exclusive," Lundberg wrote in a statement. "I recognize and value each. I also recognize and respect the very important movement happening across our nation for justice and equality. Springfield will be a partner in that work."
Lundberg said the formation of a Mayor's Blue Ribbon Panel will allow a diverse group of community members to come together to reach a better understanding and agreement on how to make Springfield a more welcoming community to all.
An outside use of force investigation will be conducted including the review of video footage from the night of the protest.
Below is the full letter: