Crime & Law

Crime, Law & Justice


Eugene will receive $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice to create a community court. 

Eugene Police Compare Body Cameras

Apr 8, 2016
Kyra Buckley/KLCC

Body cameras will soon be part of the Eugene Police Department's uniform. But which brand will be used? Friday 8 different vendors displayed their products to officers. Captain Sherri Meisel says they look at durability and storage.

Meisel: "Some people would think; 'Oh, we just taker video with our phone.' There's a lot of data that has to be collected and stored. Well, if you start multiplying that by a number of officers over many hours during a day, there's a lot more at stake than just having the actual camera itself."

Bradley W. Parks/OPB

Law enforcement and state officials continue to receive death threats from people angered over the shooting of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupier Robert “LaVoy” Finicum.

“Kill cops because they are cops, if for no other reason,” one man believed to be from Oregon wrote on social media. “Just walk up asking for directions and shoot them in the [expletive] face.”

Malheur Refuge Restoration On Track, Despite Costs

Mar 24, 2016

Media were allowed into the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge buildings Wednesday for the first time since the occupation ended last month.

The refuge, which was blanketed in snow during the 41-day occupation, shows signs of spring’s arrival: birds twitter and chirp and cattle graze in the distance. On the surface, life seems to be moving on. However, there are numerous costs in returning the refuge back to normal.

Rachael McDonald

Lane County now has sheriff’s deputies on patrol for 24 hours, 7 days a week. It’s been more than 5 years since that’s been a consistent practice.

Amanda Peacher / OPB

Organizers who opposed the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge raised more than $130,000 in support of nonprofit organizations and the Burns-Paiute Tribe.

When Oregon State Police stopped Robert “LaVoy” Finicum along a remote stretch of Highway 395, the militant was desperate to reach one man.

“I’m going over to meet with the sheriff in Grant County,” Finicum yelled to troopers during the Jan. 26 fatal traffic stop, moments before his death. “You can come along with us, and talk with us over there.”

Finicum had reason to try and reach Sheriff Glenn Palmer. Over his four terms in office, Palmer has been outspoken about what he sees as government overreach.

New Indictment Alleges Damage To Burns Paiute Site

Mar 9, 2016

A new indictment unsealed Wednesday confirms the fears of members of the Burns Paiute Tribe that militants damaged an archaeological site during the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

The new charge is against occupier Sean Anderson and another defendant whose name has been redacted, suggesting he or she may not be in law enforcement custody.

Investigators with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and the Harney and Malheur County district attorneys declared Tuesday the shots that killed militant LaVoy Finicum were justified and “necessary."

Investigators also said that, despite complaints from occupiers and their supporters that police shot more than 100 times into the truck carrying Finicum and other militants, only eight shots were fired – six from the Oregon State Police and two by members of the FBI hostage rescue team.

The sandhill cranes and the red-winged blackbirds are now landing in Harney County. The snow on the hay fields is melting. Bird calls fill the air near the still-closed headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

The migratory birds may not sense any difference this spring as they flock to the lakes and wetlands, but for the 16 federal employees who work at the refuge, this season will be very different from years past.