Ten protesters were arrested in Eugene, Oregon, on Friday night after a large crowd reportedly became violent and threw smoke bombs at the police.
Pro-abortion demonstrators threatened “a Night of Rage” in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to send the issue of abortion back to the states, prompting extra law enforcement efforts.
The Lane County Police Department in Oregon reported that a group of people dressed in black gathered outside of a pregnancy center on Friday night. According to an official press release, the Eugene Police Department (EPD) charged nine individuals with disorderly conduct and one individual with harassment. One person was arrested for disorderly conduct as well as resisting arrest and “escape in the third degree,” according to police. All of those charged are between the ages of 18 and 29, with the majority being on the younger side.
The throngs of people continued to grow and began stopping traffic on E. 11th Avenue by standing in the roadways. Some individuals were seen collecting stones, while others pulled gas masks out of their bags. A chemical pump sprayer was used by one woman, who pumped it up. In addition, the Eugene Police Department requested for more resources from the EPD Patrol.
The department stated that before making the 10 arrests, an officer warned more than 75 people on a public address system that they would be arrested for disorderly conduct. People in the crowd allegedly began to throw smoke bombs and water bottles at police.
The report indicates that officers again tried to communicate with the protesters in the street over the crowd noise to inform them they were going to be arrested, but they did not listen.
According to police, “the crowd got extremely loud and verbally aggressive toward the cops and tried to force their way through the line after [the first] arrest. The EPD requested support from additional resources, including the Springfield Police Department and Department of Homeland Security.”
Although two officers were wounded, the pregnancy center in Eugene was unharmed. Police are still looking into several assaults on pro-life pregnancy support centers across the country.