Springfield protesters peacefully march for black lives

Protesters gathered Saturday at the Springfield Library and marched against police brutality and systemic racism.

Posted: Jun 6, 2020 6:32 PM
Updated: Jun 6, 2020 11:59 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore.-- Protesters gathered Saturday at the Springfield Library and marched against police brutality and systemic racism.

The protest, which lasted three hours and went from the Springfield Library to the Value Village area and back, remained peaceful. The protest marked the ninth night of gatherings in Lane County and the first in Springfield. 

While the protest remained peaceful, there were some tense moments near the Springfield Municipal Jail when protestors asked police to take a knee out of solidarity. Protesters asked police multiple times throughout the night, but none did. An officer on scene told KEZI it is largely up to the individual officer how they interact with protesters.

"We want to make positive change...It's time to brainstorm, to get together, make think tanks and make a big difference in our communities because the system right now is just not working," said Tay Martin, a protester.

Protesters said another gathering is planned for Eugene on Sunday and will focus on calls to defund and disband police.

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