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Posted on: June 2, 2020

[ARCHIVED] June 2 Protest Info

Shortly before 5 p.m., a protest started with two dozen people at 8th and Mill. By 5:14 p.m., there were 250 mobile on the sidewalk and obeying traffic signals.

People walked throughout the downtown area on the sidewalk and obeyed traffic signals. A large crowd ended up at the Federal Courthouse, with more than 1,200 attendees and a speaker. Once that ended, there was a march with between 500 to 600 participants that travelled up Franklin Boulevard, to UOPD, and then back down Franklin Boulevard, taking up the roadway, but not prompting any safety or property concerns.

The march ended at Kesey Square with drumming and dancing.

“The activities tonight appeared well organized and self-regulating,” said Chief Chris Skinner. “There were times the march took up roadways, but it was not hugely disruptive. Because of this, there was no need for us to intervene given the way the participants were behaving. I definitely given this group credit for maintaining such large crowds without any issues.”

The City has been judicious about temporary curfews and today no curfew was put into place. By 11:20 p.m. there were about 100 people remaining at Kesey Square.

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