EUGENE, Ore. – On Friday, June 24, the Eugene Police department began receiving reports of a group publicizing on social media a “Night of Rage” in the wake of an opinion by the Supreme Court of the United States, Dobbs v. Jackson (related to Roe v. Wade). The group invited participants to meet at Dove Medical Center, 487 E. 11th Avenue at 10:00 p.m. Due to the potential for property damage, as well as the general safety and security of the other businesses and residents downtown, Eugene Police monitored the situation.
Around 9:21 p.m. people began arriving at the area wearing all black clothing with masks and hoods. Many also had backpacks that appeared to contain unknown objects. As the crowd grew, they moved toward the medical building. Eugene Police’s Mobile Response Team arrived in the area to block their progression, using its vehicles and officers to surround the building.
During the protest, people were observed picking up rocks and several began putting on gas masks. One female had a chemical pump sprayer and she was pumping it up. Additional EPD Patrol resources were called in.
Any attempts by officers to admonish the crowd went unacknowledged.
Despite warnings that anyone in the roadway was subject to arrest, the crowd did not comply. After the first arrest, the crowd became extremely loud and verbally hostile toward the officers and tried to get through the line. EPD called in additional resources including the Springfield Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security. The incident forced EPD’s operations to go into what is termed ‘priority calls,’ where much of the rest of the community’s individual calls for service if they are not immediate life-safety emergencies, to be placed on hold or not responded to. Springfield Police provided mutual aid for priority one calls. At one point, the crowd moved to the roadway at Ferry Street Bridge, which 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. Eugene Police provided more admonishments and arrests were made, with people fighting with officers and not complying with lawful orders, leading to inert pepperballs (pepper balls with no chemical munitions) being deployed in a few cases at people’s feet and legs. At that point, the crowd size decreased.
Some officers suffered minor injuries during the event, which lasted about five hours.
- Destiny Aaliyah Woolman, age 20, of Eugene, Harassment
- Mikayla D’Ann Alexander, age 22, of Roseburg – Disorderly Conduct
- Brandon Emmanual Caletz, age 24, of Eugene – Disorderly Conduct
- Rhiannon Elizabeth Clayton, age 19, of Eugene – Disorderly Conduct
- Rachel Jean Tillman, age 29, of Eugene – Disorderly Conduct
- Kira Anne Elliott, age 20, of Eugene- Disorderly Conduct
- Hayden Martin Williams, age 19, of Eugene – Disorderly Conduct
- Alex Kendahl Woodward Franz, age 18, no address listed – Disorderly Conduct
- Elijah Gabriel Comer, age 20, no address listed – Disorderly Conduct
- Orion Timothy Deschamps, age 20, of Eugene – Disorderly Conduct, Escape in the Third Degree, Resisting Arrest