In the video above, Capt. Brian Stephens of the Eureka Police Department runs down the police department’s response to the protests against police injustice that took place in Eureka over the weekend.
Some key points:
- Police are actively investigating two instances of aggression against demonstrators that occurred during Saturday’s march — one involving a red Jeep that struck protesters (we mentioned that here), and another involving a white pickup.
- Multiple law enforcement vehicles were vandalized over the weekend, Stephens says, and several officers were assaulted — however, no arrests were made on those grounds.
- Sunday’s march started out very positively and peacefully, from the department’s point of view, but the mood changed later in the evening, after a march to Target and back. One person was arrested for vandalism and another was arrested while attempting to extract the first person from police custody, according to Stephens, and pepper balls were deployed at one point. Still, Stephens says, the majority of the protestors were positive, helping clean up some of the vandalism that was occurring farther up the march.
Watch the full video above.