EUGENE, Ore. -- Several businesses were destroyed and looted during riots over the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd in Eugene late Friday night.
The night of protesting started around 8 p.m. at the Lane County Courthouse with a small group of people.
According to KEZI 9 News, several hundred people gathered near Washington Street and Seventh Avenue around 10 p.m.
By 1 a.m., Starbucks, Jimmy Johns, Five Guys, and T-Mobile were all destroyed. A fire was also started inside of the Starbucks but was put out by other protesters.
Other protesters could be seen dragging looters out of the Starbucks to prevent more looting.
However, other businesses on Seventh were also looted, including Hunky Dory Smoke Shop and Dispensary.
According to KEZI, Eugene police did not make it to the scene until about 1 a.m. Upon arrival, police shot tear gas into the crowd. After that, protesters kept looting while the police retreated.
“What is happening tonight is not a legitimate, free speech event,” Police Chief Chris Skinner said. “It is illegal, irresponsible, is destroying local business and city property. It threatens the reputation of other peaceful and lawful events that don’t damage our city and put our residents and guests in harm’s way.”
The protest then moved east on Seventh and then turned onto Charnelton, and then east on Broadway. Police set up a barricade next to Kesey Square and shot more tear gas.
Business owners have started cleaning up the properties that the looters destroyed.
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