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Occupy Eugene protester arrested during Black Friday shopping at Walmart

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EUGENE, OR (KPTV) -

Eugene police say a group of Occupy protesters disrupted Black Friday shoppers at two Walmart stores this morning.

Officers say the group showed up at the Walmart on Greenacres Road and began chanting and using a bullhorn at around 2 a.m.

Store employees asked the protesters to leave, but they refused to do so until officers arrived. They then dispersed peacefully, police say.

At about 3 a.m., a second group of about 20 to 30 protesters began chanting and using a bullhorn inside another Walmart store, located on West 11th Avenue. Managers told police the group refused requests to leave store property.

Eugene police say they contacted the group in the parking lot, where protesters continued to chant slogans of protest. That's where officers arrested 18-year-old Derek Lewis, of Eugene, who was equipped with the bullhorn and was also wearing a mask.

Lewis faces a charge of criminal trespass and was booked into the Springfield Municipal Jail. He was released on bail and will appear in court at a later date.


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