EUGENE, Ore. – Maintenance crews at the University of Oregon are once again cleaning up campus after vandals targeted Johnson Hall and areas along 13th Avenue on Wednesday night.
Profanity and derogatory phrases toward law enforcement were found on Johnson Hall, as well as on some sidewalks and surrounding areas including The Duck Store.
The tagging comes after a peaceful and organized protest in Eugene Wednesday night in response to a Grand Jury decision not to indict three officers allegedly involved in the death of Breonna Taylor, who was shot to death after Louisville police officers broke down the door to her apartment while executing a warrant.
In a statement, the university said it supports peaceful protest but does not condone vandalism.
“It is unfortunate that last night’s march deteriorated into the defacing of property as a means of expressing opinion,” said Kay Jarvis, a spokesperson for the university.
Vandalism related to frustration over racial inequality has become increasingly common at UO.
Earlier this year, two pioneer statues on campus were torn down, and the historic Knight Library was also vandalized with red paint. The doors of the library still remain covered in plywood. In August, the university said it plans to cover four controversial murals inside the library.