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Posted on: June 29, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Statement from Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis Regarding Pedestrian-vehicle Crash

A very disturbing incident took place yesterday in our community in which Isiah Wagoner, a leader with Black Unity, was hit by a car during a peaceful Black Lives Matter March. I understand that he was trying to ensure the safety of marchers when he was struck, and I wish him a speedy recovery.

I want to thank those of you that have reached out to me about this, and I want to assure you all that I will be staying in close touch with EPD as they proceed with this investigation. We understand the deep concerns embedded in such an incident at this time and place and will make sure you, the public, are kept apprised of what is happening to address it.

EPD is currently asking for the public’s help and seeking video from the incident, please use this phone number: 1-541-262-5388.

I also want to reiterate that our community does not and will not tolerate violent acts of hate or bias and we are committed to protecting people’s rights to have their voices heard as we work together to address racial injustice. The Eugene Police Department is continuing to investigate if there is any hate or bias component to this incident.

It is vital that we support people’s rights to march and protest peacefully. The City of Eugene will continue to work with those organizing marches to help facilitate and improve upon safety at all events.

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