Downtown Eugene – Going Down!

I am being treated for PTSD. I had a brutal up-bringing, and, got death threats from the Eugene Anarchists who were using the homeless to take over downtown Eugene and the City Government. Two attorneys gave every vagrant – carte blanche! They took much power away from the police. I contacted Interpol about Alley Valkyrie.

John Presco

“How do I not have PTSD from getting spat on, punches thrown at me, people almost stabbed in front of me – things like that”

Woodruff tells us he feels like not enough is being done downtown to address the issue.

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene Police are in the middle of a two-week operation to increase police presence downtown.

The goal of the operation is to lower crime rates and make downtown Eugene more welcoming.

The Eugene Police chief tells us the operation will expand hours of visibility and interrupt criminal and disorderly conduct in the area.

We spoke to one business owner who closed his downtown restaurant – and crime played a big factor in the closure.

“There was a male across the street from us and, any gal that walked by him he spit in the back of her hair,” says Brandon Woodruff, owner of Manifest Brewing Company.

That was the last straw for Woodruff; he and his business partner ultimately decided to close the downtown business.

“But then it became violent crimes happening, where we started to say, hey, we can’t consciously say, ‘bring your family down here,’ because it’s really not safe.”

Woodruff opened the downtown location in 2020 and closed its doors in November of 2021.

He says crime outside his restaurant was an everyday occurrence, but he noticed an uptick in danger last October.

“How do I not have PTSD from getting spat on, punches thrown at me, people almost stabbed in front of me – things like that”

Woodruff tells us he feels like not enough is being done downtown to address the issue.

Now, EPD is stepping up their police presence in the downtown area.

“We initially start with two weeks, but that does not mean that we can’t go longer if we’re not getting the results we’re hoping for,” says Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner.

The Street Crimes Unit teamed up with the downtown team. The two units and patrol officers are in the middle of a two-week saturation of downtown Eugene.

“The statistics don’t lie,” Skinner tells us. “We’ve made a lot of arrests, a lot of citations, and in all those cases the arrests have mostly been warrant arrests – the violations that don’t contribute to a good quality of life downtown.”

In the first week of the operation, EPD reported arrests on 18 warrants in addition to several other citations and arrests.

The operation is set to wrap up on February 12.

Skinner says if they see the results they want, they’ll take a look at how officers can continue this kind of work downtown without using as many resources as they are now.

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