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Posted on: June 1, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Today's Planned Rally Info

On Sunday, May 31, a planned free speech protest for Black Lives Matter began at 1 p.m. at the Federal Courthouse, with speakers and then a march to end at Alton Baker Park. Organizers urged peaceful, nonviolent participation. There were an estimated 7,000-10,000 people at the event.

 

Eugene Police was joined by Federal Protective Service, and Eugene Springfield Fire EMS as partners to focus on allowing a safe environment for the community to exercise their constitutional rights. That focus included life safety, property, preventing criminal violent activity, allowing peaceful march and the safe movement of pedestrian vehicle traffic to and from the protest locations.  It was also a goal to act swiftly with appropriate resources to criminal behavior that would disrupt the free speech or put lives or property into jeopardy. 

 

Ferry Street Bridge was blocked in all directions when the crowd headed from the Federal Building rally to Alton Baker Park spilled into the roadway around 2:11 p.m. Eugene Police issued an advisory asking for the assistance of those on the bridge to vacate it and for others in the area to not block it. Ferry Street Bridge is an essential route for medical and fire personnel to local hospitals. Blocking it creates a dangerous life and safety issue for all residents and visitors to Eugene. 

 

There were several instances of people in vehicles who called to report being stuck on the roadway and people knocking on their windows and a report of a victim in a vehicle being attacked by a small group of subjects.

 

The Alton Baker Park event, which concluded peacefully. Subsequently, EPD sent out a traffic advisory at 4:30 p.m. as a large crowd from the event began walking in the streets of downtown Eugene and then swelled to more than 1,000 protesters. 

 

There was a gunshot fired from a vehicle in the area of W. 11th and Olive Street around 5 p.m. The driver called the incident in from Silver and River Road. In the vehicle had been two adult males and a six-year-old child. They had been at the tail end of the protesters and some of them began tapping on the vehicle’s trunk. One of the vehicle’s occupants sprayed a substance at the people around the vehicle and the other, Nathan Allen Huddleston, age 28, of Eugene, fired a round from his handgun into the ground to disperse the crowd. Police met with Huddleston and after an investigation arrested him on charges of  Unlawful Use Weapon, Disorderly Conduct and Reckless Endangering. Case 20-08982

 

At about 5:30 p.m., a Jeep was in the roadway where protesters were walking, and a man got out of it displaying a semi-automatic rifle. This immediately incited nearby protesters, who started to group around the man. One of the protest participants quickly and effectively intervened along with a few others to keep the crowd back from the man. The man left in the Jeep.  This incident is under investigation. 

 

The crowd moved to the federal courthouse. 

 

“The marching within the streets, without a permit, is unlawful,” said Chief Chris Skinner. “However, due to the manner in which the protesters conducted themselves, the Eugene Police Department refrained from taking enforcement action. The protesters were non-violent, caused no identified damage, and only disrupted traffic for short periods of time. EPD appreciates and compliments those involved with today’s event.” 

 

At 6:27 p.m., the City of Eugene announced a curfew for downtown Eugene on Sunday night. 

Curfew Information

The City of Eugene is enacting a temporary nighttime curfew in downtown Eugene from 9:00 p.m. Sunday May 31 through 6:00 a.m. June 1. 

City Manager Pro Tem Sarah Medary implemented the curfew to ensure public safety following incidents of violence and damage in Eugene.

The curfew applies to the area from High Street to Monroe Street and from 14th Avenue to 4th Avenue. During the hours of the curfew, people are not allowed to travel on any public street or in any public place in that area. Prohibited travel includes automobile, bicycle, foot, public transit and any other mode of personal transportation.

If illegal and unsafe behaviors extend beyond the designated area, the curfew area will be extended citywide as necessary. 

The curfew does not apply to clearly identifiable and credentialed media, people seeking emergency care, fleeing dangerous circumstances, sheltering in place, traveling to and from employment or making commercial deliveries.

Violating the city’s curfew order is a misdemeanor offense and is punishable by a fine up to $500 or confinement in jail up to 100 days, or both fine and imprisonment.

 

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