MEDFORD, Ore. — As picketers line the roads, reports are coming in of incidents involving the picketers coming in contact with cars driving by.
Medford Police say there have been two incidents, one on Thursday and one on Friday morning, with reported contact between a car and a protester. Friday’s incident happened on the west side of the school at Barnett Road and Whitman Avenue.
Police say the car that was driving through the road and made contact with a protester on the driveway that also is part of the sidewalk. Police say after words were exchanged between the driver and protester, the driver drove away. No one was seriously injured. Police say in both incidents it’s very hard to tell who, if anyone, is at fault.
“But anytime you have vehicles and pedestrians at such close quarters, and then you add an adversarial relationship between the two there’s the propensity for problems. And that’s why we’re trying to monitor this situation as closely as we can,” said Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau.
Medford Police say they have officers dedicated to being the referees of the situation and preventing accidents.