EUGENE, Ore. – Two people were arrested in Eugene after a protest over a recent Grand Jury ruling in the Breonna Taylor case Wednesday night.
No Louisville officers were charged directly in the death of Taylor, who was shot after officers broke down the door to her apartment while executing a warrant. One officer was indicted for shots he fired into a neighboring apartment. Local Black Lives Matter activists told KEZI 9 News they weren't surprised by the decision.
Many gathered for a peaceful, organized protest at 7 p.m. Police said traffic was blocked at 8th Avenue and Mill Street and the group marched west to downtown.
After the march, there were speeches at the Federal Courthouse, and most participants left at 8:30 p.m.
Police said those that stayed marched into the west university area, and police said they pulled items such as trash bins into the street to block it, applied graffiti to signs and buildings, and committed other crimes.
Profanity and derogatory phrases toward law enforcement were found on Johnson Hall at the University of Oregon, as well as on some sidewalks and surrounding areas, including The Duck Store.
University officials said they support peaceful protest but do not condone vandalism.
Officers dispersed the crowd and took two people into custody.
Alexis Wolcott Worden, 25, of Eugene was arrested for interfering with a police officer. Police said they stopped Worden, who was on a bicycle, for a traffic violation. They said she tried to get away and failed to obey orders to stop.
Ethan Joseph Klein, 28, was arrested for disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer. Police said Kline was blocking traffic in the middle of East 13th Avenue and Hilyard Street – a major route to the University District Hospital. Kline reportedly ran when an officer tried to stop him.
Both Worden and Kline were taken to the Lane County Jail.