SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Protesters marched through the streets of Lane County Wednesday night, this time in Springfield.
Around 200 people gathered in front of the Springfield Public Library demanding the defunding of police as well as holding officers accountable for their actions. Protesters brought pots, pans, and blow horns to make noise over the two mile route.
Clea Ibrahim, one of the leaders for Black Unity, said she is happy the demonstration remained peaceful the whole evening.
“I think the city of Springfield even saw how peaceful we were today,” Ibrahim said. “Yeah we were being disruptive and making noise but that is part of the peaceful protest. Unpeaceful protests is when you're going around and destroying stuff, ripping things out of the ground and causing vandalism. We were keeping our hands to ourselves, we were linking arms, and we were signing together in unity.”
Protesters marched to Willamalane Park on 14th Street and along the way, the crowd learned about Stacy Kenney, a Springfield man with schizophrenia that died in police custody in the spring of 2019.
The protests ended around 10:30 Wednesday evening after returning to the library.