The building, named after pro-slavery Judge Matthew Deady, has been at the center of demands for change by the Black Student Task Force since 2015. This week, there were renewed calls to rename the building. Speakers took the time to talk about protesting responsibly, deescalation tactics, racism in education and the history of pride as protest.
Following the gathering at Deady Hall, a smaler group marched to the Eugene Police Department, where protesters tore down pro-police signs from the front of the boarded-up building and replaced them with anti-racism messages.
During this protest, “several individuals emerged with different motivations and vandalized a portion of the Eugene Police Headquarters building front with anti-police messaging,” the release said.
“Out of respect for the Black Lives Matter protesters and to avoid disrupting the larger, lawful, group, we refrained from taking any action to contact the unidentified individuals committing criminal acts against our police facility. I am disappointed with the actions of the few who came with ill intent and we will investigate this incident.”