EUGENE, Ore. -- After a peaceful protest in downtown Eugene turned unruly and destructive Friday night, the City of Eugene enacted a temporary nighttime curfew in downtown Saturday.
From 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday, the curfew will be in place in the area from High Street to Monroe Street and from 13th Avenue to 4th Avenue. Travel on public streets or in any public place in that area is prohibited on foot or by any mode of transportation.
According to officials, a violation can result in a fine up to $500, confinement in jail up to 100 days or both.
The curfew does not apply to people seeking emergency care, fleeing dangerous circumstances, sheltering in place, traveling to and from employment, or making commercial deliveries.
This curfew was put into place by emergency declaration after a peaceful protest regarding the alleged murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis turned into a riot Saturday night, resulting in looting, vandalism, and destruction.
In a statement, city manager pro tem Sarah Medary said: "Last night, individuals took advantage of a peaceful protest in response to the death of George Floyd, to inflict damage and destruction on our community. That’s not acceptable. The City fully supports the rights of the protesters and free speech, we do not support illegal behavior that puts our local businesses and community members in harm’s way.”