Monday, June 1, 2020

Eureka Police Department 'Key Takeaways' of Weekend Protests (VIDEO)

Posted By on Mon, Jun 1, 2020 at 5:57 PM

The Eureka Police Department has responded to media inquiries regarding Saturday and Sunday's protest.

In an email, EPD notes the "key takeaways" of the past two days of protest.

An incident involving a red Jeep and a pedestrian has been assigned to an officer for further investigation.

No arrests were made on Saturday, but Sunday night was a different story.

Brent Clark of Redway was taken into EPD custody for alleged vandalism. Olivia Winfield Perez was also arrested for allegedly interfering with Clark's arrest.

According to the release, "During this intense moment, pepper balls were deployed- sending small paintballs containing powdered OC to diffuse the situation. At no time were rubber bullets used."

Read the full release below and watch Capt. Brian Stephens' video response below.

In response to questions related to incidents that occurred over the weekend, please see our video response from Captain Brian Stephens. Video is posted to the Eureka Police Facebook page.

Key Takeaways:
- It was an extremely busy weekend and we are getting caught up on all incidents that took place. The Saturday red Jeep vs. pedestrian collision has been assigned to an officer to investigate.
- Multiple law enforcement vehicles were vandalized
- Several officers were assaulted - No arrests related to the demonstration were made on Saturday - Sunday’s demonstration started out very peaceful
- Around 10:30 p.m., after numerous incidents of vandalism, Brent Clark (34 of Redway) was taken into custody for vandalism.
-The crowd escalated and Olivia Winfield Perez (23 currently of Eureka) interfered and attempted by force to remove Clark from police custody. Winfield Perez was arrested for forcing a detainee from police custody.
- During this intense moment, pepper balls were deployed- sending small paintballs containing powdered OC to diffuse the situation. At no time were rubber bullets used.
No further incidents occurred after the arrests were made.
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