Sometimes there are epic nights and then there are nights that go way beyond contemplation.
Since some of you are bound to hear of this sooner or later, I decided to write about my own experiences on Friday the 24th, a night that I will not soon forget.
At the beginning of the night around 930ish me and my friends departed for a colleagues dance party on 14th and Ferry. There were about 50-60 people who showed up during the hour I was there and it was a pretty good time. At the time I left there were probably about 200 people that had congregated outside of the party around the 14th and Ferry intersection and people were drinking in the open and my instincts told me that it was about to get rolled by the EugPo, but i certainly didn't anticipate what would happen next. We headed back to my friends house on 16th and Ferry to avoid the dreaded MIP and thats when we saw the tear gas being deployed and then heard the beanbag shotgun rounds go off. There were blue and red lights pulsing on every vertical surface you could see and then a mob of about a hundred people came down Ferry st. literally destroying everything in its path. My friends and I watched in amazement hiding inside their house as almost every street sign was tore down and every trash can kicked over. Everybody in the house was getting texts and phone calls from people we knew at the party, including the man who threw it himself. His house was tear gassed and busted up by police officers in crowd control gear and the mob in the streets threw 40oz bottles and rocks at the riot shields wielded by the officers. After seeing all of this I was incredibly worried for my own property on Hilyard Street so me and a friend ran back to my place through the alleyways between Ferry, Patterson and Hilyard. It was her first Friday in town and I had to explain to her that nothing like this ever happened during my week of welcome. Everybody I saw was in a state of shock and there were cops driving down every street, and several roadblocking 18th and hilyard as well as the entirety of Ferry street from 19th to 13th. There were DPS officers, Eugene police, and even state troopers driving near constantly up and down every road in sight.
It was almost too surreal. I feel sad that something like this happened and that most likely this will change aIot of things in the west university neighborhood for the worse. I know that my post is very sloppy and doesnt relate to Oregon athletics at all, but I feel that what i witnessed needs to be shared as it affected my college town in such a dramatic fashion.
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