Emeute étudiante à Eugene (Oregon) – 24 septembre 2010


2 arrested after 400 riot in Ore. college town


26 09 2010

EUGENE, Ore. — Police in the Oregon college town of Eugene used tear gas to disperse about a crowd of 400 people who threw bottles at officers, broke car windows, and tore down street signs in a residential neighborhood.

Police say no injuries were reported, but two people were arrested on charges stemming from the riot late Friday.

Eugene is the home of the University of Oregon. Officers say college students often rent large homes in the area with basements that can hold several hundred people.

Police say they called in 50 officers from three other agencies to assist them in dispersing the crowd. Twenty-four-year-old Odin Erickson faces rioting, interfering with police and criminal mischief counts; 19-year-old Derek Brown was charged with disorderly conduct.

Police chief Pete Kerns calls the incident « disappointing. »

UofO-area party turns into riot in Eugene


25 09 2010

EUGENE, Ore. – A party of about 400 people in Eugene’s Western University neighborhood turned violent Friday night, after police tried to break up the event.

Police say the crowd was gathered near the University of Oregon campus at East 13th Avenue and Ferry Street, and they « ignored commands » when they were asked to disperse.

« The mass of people was admonished to disperse, but ignored commands, continued chanting obscenities, threw bottles and projectiles at officers, broke car windows and torn down street signs, » a police press release distributed Saturday reports.

How did it start?

The crowd was discovered by police working « regular party patrol » in the neighborhood, according to the release: « All available officers were called to the location, and due to the size and intense nature of the crowd, mutual aid was requested. »

More than 50 officers from the Eugene Police, Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Springfield Police Department and Oregon State Police reportedly responded.

Then the tear gas started.

« Tear gas was deployed only after the admonishments were ignored and when the crowd began throwing objects at police, » police say in their prepared respond.

At least one YouTube video was posted in the wake of the riots. It contains audio of the admonishments and crowd response. (You can watch the video below.)

How did it end?

Police say that shortly after midnight the crowd was dispersed. « And officers maintained a saturation patrol in the area to ensure the crowds did not re-converge, » they said.

At least two arrests were made during the party. Police say 24-year-old Erickson Odin Van Norman faces charges of « riot, interfering with police » and two counts of criminal mischief in the third degree. Nineteen-year-old Derek Ryan Brown faces charges of disorderly conduct in the second degree and being a minor in possession. Both were taken to the Lane County Jail.

Police say other arrests were made in the area after the party was disbanded. Individuals violating ordinances or state law are subject to citation or physical arrest plus civil fines.

« It is disappointing that at this early point in the year, the West University Neighborhood is subjected to this type of drunken, violent behavior, » said Chief Pete Kerns in a prepared statement shared with KATU’s sister station in Eugene, KVAL. « The Police Department will do everything we can with neighbors, businesses and the university to reduce the likelihood that this will happen again. »

Eugene Police: Not the first time a party has turned into a riot

In years past, many parties hosted in and around the University of Oregon campus have resulted in complaints from neighbors and required police response. Police say those complaints centered around street parties with intoxicated individuals, assaults resulting in injuries to students and police officers, damage to public and private property, and noise disturbances involving yelling or loud music.

In 2008, during the same week in September, police say they responded to a similar situation – though the reported crowd was smaller. That incident occurred around 11 p.m. Sept. 25, 2008. Several callers living near 17th Avenue and Ferry Street reportedly called with complaints about a loud and disorderly crowd of more than 100 people. By the time officers arrived the crowd had moved to Mill Street and had grown to about 250 people, police said. In that case, the crowd also began throwing beer bottles and cans – striking one patrol car.

« When a police officer asks you to clear an area, leave right away, » warns a Eugene Police press release. « …If police warn that they are going to use tear gas, you need to quickly get as far away as you can. »

Police Use Tear Gas To Break Up UO Campus Area Riot


25 09 2010

EUGENE, Ore.– On Friday night, Eugene police made arrests after a block party turned into an alcohol fueled riot.  Hundreds of UO students took to the streets, but it took a big effort by law enforcement to get those people out of the streets.

« I thought it was insane. I’ve never seen something like this before. It was not like this last year at all, » said UO student Kyle Culloton.

An estimated 400 partygoers, many of whom were UO students, crowded into the streets for a block party.

« Then I saw riot police kind of marching down, telling people on the microphone please leave right now! If you don’t leave right now you’re going to get tear gassed, » said Kyle Culloton.

Police say the crowd was acting disorderly.  They say they were throwing beer cans, rocks and eggs while chanting at officers.  Some even smashed car windshields.

« It’s a very fearful thing to be wading in the middle of a riot when you’re one of 20 or 30 or 40 and you’ve got 100 or 200 or 400 people to deal with, » said Lt. Doug Mozan of the Eugene Police Department.

Lt. Mozan says that’s when riot police decided to use tear gas to subdue the crowds.  One student recounts what it was like to be hit.

« They shot a third one off. It was spinning and it hit me in my foot actually. I breathed it in. It was harsh. My eyes were watering. My mouth was watering, » says UO student Ryan Pearson.

Police arrested and charged two men with rioting and disorderly conduct and are investigating others.  Partiers uprooted signs from a traffic island.  One sign still lay on the ground while others were stolen.  For many students it was their first week back to the neighborhood for school, and the first experiences they’ve had at the University of Oregon.

« I don’t know if they’ll ever come out again. Some people might be too scared. Some people might see that as a standard- like that will happen every weekend, » said UO student Jeffrey Janoff.

Eugene police say it was disappointing to see the drunken, violent behavior so early in the year.

« Every year we have a number of parties- some of which get out of control, but riots are not constant. They are cyclical, » said Lt. Doug Mozan.

Lt. Mozan says the last riot happened a couple of years ago just blocks from where Friday’s Ferry street riot occured.  He wants the incident to be a reminder for students to keep their parties in check.

« We want them to control the numbers of guests they have, to limit drinking to adults and to make every attempt they can to shut down parties when they get out of control. »

Riots near U of O ‘like a war zone’


25 09 2010 EUGENE, Ore. — Shattered glass and beer bottles litter the intersection of 13th Avenue and Ferry Street just blocks from the University of Oregon campus.

This is the scene one day after police took action against 400 college-age partiers Friday night.

« The party was just in the streets,” said student Antoine Simmons. “It was crazy. I’ve never seen that many kids in one place.”

According to Eugene police, several residents hosted house parties on Ferry Street Friday night.  Those parties grew and eventually spilled onto the road.

Police said a sergeant on « party patrol » encountered the partiers.

« The sergeant noticed about 400 people in the street,” said Eugene Police Lieutenant Doug Mozan. “This is a huge crowd and these folks weren’t just statically standing around.”

Witnesses said it was all fun and games until people began destroying property. One neighbor said partiers started boxing on the street, breaking car windows and pulling down street signs.

All available law enforcement officers were called to the scene. Officers from the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, the Springfield Police Department and Oregon State Police assisted.

According to police, the mass of people was told to scatter. However, police say the group ignored their demands.

Authorities say the rioters chanted obscenities and threw rocks, bottles and eggs at officers. That’s when officers say they deployed at least three cans of tear gas.

“It was just all over and it engulfed the area,” said student Jared Kaufer. “It was like a war zone.”

Police got the riot under control at around midnight. In a press release police said nine people were arrested.

University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere is speaking out about the riot. He says he is “deeply disappointed by the behavior displayed by the young people” and said the event is unacceptable.

It’s the worst riot in Eugene since a 2008 incident that involved about 300 people. Ironically, that incident occurred just four blocks from Friday night’s party gone bad.

Residents Frustrated with University Neighborhood Riot


September 26, 2010

EUGENE, Ore. — The riot that rocked a neighborhood near the University of Oregon Friday night isn’t coming as a surprise to those who’ve lived in the area for years.

Residents say as more houses are turned into large apartment complexes, there’s only one direction for the parties to go, out in the street.

While some folks might be shocked when hearing about Friday night’s university-area riot, those who’ve called the neighborhood home for years are not surprised.

« Well it’s earlier this year than in previous years, » said resident Deborah Healey, « I was here for the last couple of riots. »

Deborah Healey has lived in a house near where the riots took place since the early 90’s.  While times have changed, she says there’s been an apparent shift in who’s calling the area home.

What once used to be a balance of owner-occupiers and renting students, has now left Healey as one of the last permanent residents.

« There’s no one who says it’s really not cool to be up until two in the morning partying on a Wednesday or Thursday night, » Healey said.

Healey says it’s that issue combined with the influx of multi-complex apartments being built that is part of the reason why the community is seeing the behavior exhibited at the riot.

« If you’ve got 30 or 40 or 80 people and there is no open space except for your six-foot balcony, you’re in the street, » Healey said.

And that’s why the Eugene Police Department says it’s conducting its routine party patrol checks.

« Fortunately the last one was a couple years ago, » said Eugene Police Lt. Doug Mozan, « It was ironically a few blocks away, so this is not a new phenomenon to us. »

Eugene Police says it’ll continue to patrol the area and target the alcohol and noise problems so many neighbors have complained about.

« I can’t image what all the freshman’s parents are like, ‘Jeez what am I sending my kids down to?’ and first night there’s a riot, » said UO Junior Austin Hope.

Hope got swept up in the riot on Friday night and says the scene only makes the university look bad.  Hope says it ruins it for the students who know how to gave a good time without things getting out of hand.

« It kind of hurts everyone too because now you know, people who aren’t even going out trying to cause trouble are getting stopped, » said Hope, « You know getting in trouble for that pretty much pointless riot. »

The neighbors KEZI 9 News spoke with say a positive change they’ve seen over the years is the university’s increased involvement in the neighborhood.  UO President Richard Lariviere released a statement saying he’s disappointed and that he’s committed to doing what it takes to being a good neighbor.

~ par Alain Bertho sur 27 septembre 2010.


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