Eugene police plan extra presence at conservative rally on Saturday

If tensions boil over between participants and counter-protesters, they say there are plans in place.

Posted: Aug 9, 2019 6:12 PM
Updated: Aug 9, 2019 6:12 PM

Speech to Text for Eugene police plan extra presence at conservative rally on Saturday

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in the 50s and 60s. people in downtown eugene are hoping that tensions between a conservative rally and counter- protesters don't boil over tomorrow. we've got the latest from police who say they've got it under control, and residents who say they won't risk being around. chris lueneburg reports. (hot dog stand nats) serving hot dogs on the park blocks, misti hagan sees it all. "i get to meet people of all walks of life." but this weekend might bring some new sights- with the open-carry god, guns and liberty rally and two groups of counter- protesters at wayne morse free speech plaza. (hot dog nat) but hagan isn't phased. "misti hagan: i think that for some people, it will make them uncomfortable, which is unfortunate. but i am happy that people are exercising the rights that we do have. that's great. but those aren't the only elements in play. "6p bridge it'll be business like usual at the farmers market on the park squares... but right across the street in the wayne morse free speech plaza-- that's another story." with images of clashes between antifa and right- wing groups in portland still fresh, some residents are on edge. "danadia green: my son and the father, who is white, could be just walking around and somebody could say something rude to them or do something that is rude or out of hate. that scares me." police tell us that extra officers will be at the rally... with plans in case things get out of hand. "deputy chief stacy jepson: obviously, we are there to be a presence and make sure that everybody is afforded thier right to free speech and to assemble and make sure that everyone is safe." the hope is that the free speech plaza lives up to it's name... without any violence. "we live in such a beautiful place that we are able to support whatever we want to support. and that's what america is all about." farmer's market organizers also told us that they are working with authorities to make sure it's a safe event for families and regular attendees. we
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