Peaceful George Floyd protest leads to arrests

By Anonymous May 31, 2020

By Anonymous

May 31, 2020

As the 9:00 curfew set in on Saturday, May 30, a crowd gathered around the fire station at 13th and Willamette – just outside the curfew area. These protesters were angry at the long history of police brutality and white supremacist violence, standing in solidarity with the George Floyd protest movement spreading like wildfire across the country.

The protestors remained peaceful throughout the night, with the only attempt at violence occurring at this early stage, in which an individual attempted to light a stick on fire and was stopped by the rest of the protestors, setting the calm determination and resolution which characterized the rest of the night.

As police took notice, officers arbitrarily changed the boundaries of the curfew to include the protest, the violation of which was used as a pretext for arrests.

At this early stage of the protest, police also made a brazen display of their ability to skirt the law by running a red light.

In an alarming display, an SUV without license plates drove around the block harassing protestors.

In an emotional moment, a protestor listed the names of individuals who had lost their lives to police brutality as the crowd stood in silence.

As the curfew was extended to encompass all of Eugene, protestors then began to march throughout downtown, an act which provoked police to trail the crowds and block off streets to direct protestors to the site of the destruction from the previous night’s activity.

In a display of resistance, protestors faced down police vehicles standing shoulder to shoulder.

After crowds attempted to resist the herding by police, a barrage of rubber bullets were fired.

As soon as the police had trapped protestors around the intersection of 7th and Washington, they began attempting to isolate individuals for arrest.

Please contribute to @EugeneBailFund on Venmo to help out individuals arrested for this nonviolent action.

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