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City Manager Compares Policing Downtown to Iraqi Surge

In the wake of the recent incident in the Park Blocks involving the Eugene police and people who frequent the area, City Manager Job Ruiz's comment at meeting of downtown stakeholder's comparing the summer's to the Iraqi surge has drawn fire.

The R-G reports:

City Manager Jon Ruiz drew criticism during Monday night’s council meeting for comparing last summer’s increased police presence downtown to the “surge” of U.S. military forces in Iraq nearly a decade ago.

Ruiz made the remark at a recent meeting of a group working to improve downtown, and he offered the context of his use of the analogy to city councilors after two speakers condemned the remark during the meeting’s public comment period.

“In essence, it seems that Mr. Ruiz has declared war on some of the most vulnerable people in the community, those without money or shelter,” Eugene resident Lee DeVeau said.

Ruiz made his remarks at meeting of the Downtown Stakeholders Group, which is tied to the Eugene Chamber of Commerce.

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