Report: Hate And Bias Crimes Increase In Eugene, Race Remains Top Motivator

Eugene documented 70 percent more reports of hate and bias activity in 2017 compared to the year before, according to the city’s sixth annual hate and bias crime report, and race remains the leading motivating factor behind such activity.

According to the report, 139 bias crimes and non-criminal incidents were reported in Eugene in 2017. That’s compared to 82 crimes in 2016 and 59 in 2015. Such reports include bias crimes motivated by prejudice based on actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

“For Eugene to be truly safe, vibrant and welcoming for all, it is essential to continue to provide support to victims of bias activity and to develop and implement strategies to reduce this activity and the underlying attitudes that…

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