Crime & Law

Crime, Law & Justice

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A Eugene law firm is suing law enforcement agencies and the North Dakota County where thousands of Standing Rock Sioux and their allies are camped in protest of the expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline.  The class action suit claims excessive force by police against peaceful protesters.

Federal prosecutors are weighing whether to continue with a trial set for February for the defendants who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

It follows a trial earlier this year where a jury surprised many and found the occupation’s leaders, brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy, along with five others, not guilty.

The second trial is set to begin at the federal courthouse in downtown Portland on Feb. 14.

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Eugene police are using “bait bikes” to catch bicycle thieves in the act.  Last week, two men were arrested after they made off with bikes being monitored by officers. 

K. Dunne

Oregon’s Attorney General is urging residents to call in hate crimes to authorities.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, this follows a rash of incidents after the election.

Rachael McDonald

Two days after a man who denies climate science was elected President of the United States, a federal judge in Eugene says she won’t dismiss a lawsuit filed by 21 young people. The kids are suing the federal government for not doing enough to combat climate change.

Attorneys for the federal government said Monday that U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown should not allow Ryan Payne to rescind his guilty plea.

Payne, 33, worked closely with Ammon Bundy and others to carry out an armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in January.

Brian Bull

Eugene Police have stepped up their presence in the downtown, particularly in the Park Blocks area.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

Brian Bull

Among those reacting to yesterday’s acquittal in the Malheur occupation case is Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden.  

The end of the six-week trial for seven people who took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon can be summed up in two words: not guilty.

A 12-person jury found occupation leaders Ammon and Ryan Bundy not guilty Thursday of the government's primary charge: conspiracy to impede federal officers by force, threat or intimidation. Their five co-defendants — Jeff Banta, Shawna Cox, David Fry, Kenneth Medenbach and Neil Wampler — have all been found not guilty as well.

Oregon State Police.

As Oregon State Police continue looking into the unlawful killing of a bull elk in Douglas County, a hunters’ group has added to the reward money being offered.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, this is one of the latest in a string of poaching cases. 

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