May 2022

Two Years Later: the struggle against police killings of Black people continues

By |2022-05-31T16:45:09-07:00May 31st, 2022|Categories: Articles, Cases, Featured, News, Protest|Tags: , , , , , , |

Eugene, OR –May 25 marked two years since the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin. Though not the last Black man killed by militarized police, the outrage and heartbreak that flowed from his death spurred an uprising that continues today. 

August 2021

Springfield Police Engaged in Politically-Motivated Surveillance and Spying; CLDC Amends Lawsuit

By |2021-08-19T15:33:50-07:00August 19th, 2021|Categories: Cases, Current Cases, Featured, News, Protest|Tags: , , , , , , , |

August 19, 2021

Contacts: Marianne Dugan or Lauren Regan, Senior Staff Attorneys

Springfield Police Engaged in Politically-Motivated Surveillance and Spying; CLDC Amends Lawsuit

Lane County, Oregon – In light of new evidence, on August 19, 2021, the Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC) and Black Unity moved to amend their […]

June 2020

CLDC Letter to City of Eugene and State of Oregon Officials Regarding the City of Eugene’s Response to Recent Protests

By |2020-06-05T13:31:35-07:00June 5th, 2020|Categories: Articles, Featured, News, Protest|Tags: , , , , , |

June 5, 2020


Mayor Lucy Vinis

City Manager Sarah Medary, Pro Tem

Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner

Interim Fire Chief Chris Heppel

Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton

Governor Kate Brown and Staff

Oregon National Guard Major General Michael E. Stencel

Sent by Email Attachment to;;;;;;;;;

RE:     City of Eugene Response to Recent Protests

To […]

August 2016

News advisory: CLDC to Host Know Your Rights information booth at Kesey Square

By |2018-10-04T10:46:35-07:00August 18th, 2016|Categories: Info, Know Your Rights, News|Tags: , , , , |

The Civil Liberties Defense Center will be hosting a Know Your Rights information booth at Kesey Square to empower everyone in the Eugene community to know their rights when interacting with the police. Advice on constitutional rights, such as the right to assemble in public places like Kesey Square, sidewalks and public parks will be emphasized as well as basic instruction on how to “Copwatch,” or video record law enforcement.

May 2015

April 2015

Policing the Police: Your Right to Record Law Enforcement

By |2019-05-16T18:18:56-07:00April 21st, 2015|Categories: Featured, Know Your Rights, News|Tags: , , , |

In light of the shortcomings of the legal system and growing police violence against people, there are many ways that communities can help each other to defend their rights to be free from unlawful searches, seizures, and cruel and inhumane treatment by law enforcement officers.

Filming the Police on your cell phone

By |2017-08-18T12:57:58-07:00April 14th, 2015|Categories: Info, Know Your Rights, Resources|Tags: , |

In light of the recent Supreme Court case that came out a couple weeks ago that found that GPS tracking constitutes a search under the Fourth Amendment, and therefore requires a warrant we wanted to go over your rights to protect your data if you end up in a situation where you record police misconduct on your phone.

May 2014


By |2019-05-16T18:18:55-07:00May 6th, 2014|Categories: Know Your Rights, Organizing Resources|Tags: , , , |

Copwatchers are on the lookout for police brutality at all times, not just when a demonstration or protest is taking place. However, the goals of decreasing police brutality and keeping cops accountable for their actions against citizens are the same. They also practice careful documentation of any incidents.

April 2014

Legal Observer

By |2021-08-16T16:04:25-07:00April 24th, 2014|Categories: Know Your Rights|Tags: , , |

Legal Observing is an exciting way to play an important role in any demonstration or protest. Legal Observers are individuals who purposely position themselves close enough to demonstrations to be able to accurately watch and report the activities of participants and the law enforcement who interact with them.

January 2012

Victory for Schlossberg and Cop Watch

By |2019-05-16T18:18:34-07:00January 24th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

On Monday, January 23rd, a federal jury ruled that Sergeant Solesbee used excessive force in an arrest of environmental activist Josh Schlossberg. The CLDC has been working tirelessly for years on Schlossberg's case and is pleased with the verdict. We hope that this case will be a precedent in protecting the rights of activists to film police officers.


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