Eugene businesses speak out after alleged threat at dance club

A recent incident in downtown Eugene over the weekend has some business owners concerned about crime.

Posted: Oct 21, 2019 6:53 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A recent incident in downtown Eugene over the weekend has some business owners concerned about crime.

The incident Saturday afternoon -- when a teenager was caught on camera threatening to shoot a Cowfish Dance Club employee -- is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to downtown chaos.

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"Broken windows, stolen items, whether it be off our tables outside or that they come inside and grab before the server or bartender gets through the door. Customers are being verbally assaulted and physically assaulted outside. I've had employees injured by people who want to rob them outside," said Tom Kamis, owner of Davis Restaurant & Bar. 

But Kamis said the problems can't be blamed on one specfic group but on transients downtown as a whole. 

"And this is not just the homeless, this is groups of high school kids, this is the drug dealers that are down here on a constant basis. I have drug deals that go down on my corner every single day," Kamis said. 

Kamis said what's going on in downtown Eugene is a good example of the broken windows theory, which states that visible signs of crime and civil disorder create an environment that encourages more crime and disorder.

"I've only worked downtown for a couple years here, and since I've been here, it's only gotten worse," said Brad Olson, manager at Killer Burger. 

Kamis believes the problems are getting worse as well.

"The city council doesn't direct (Eugene police) to actually address the problem with actual uniforms down here," Kamis said. 

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