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Eugene neighborhood upset over offensive graffiti

People who live in this area tell KEZI graffiti is a constant problem and said they found the message in this vandalism very offensive.

Posted: Feb 12, 2018 10:53 PM
Updated: Feb 12, 2018 11:16 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Some neighbors in Eugene are upset about some offensive graffiti that just showed up in their neighborhood.

Scott Vollstedt said he was walking his dog over the weekend through an alley near Patterson and 18th Street when he came across the vandalism.

He said he already does not like seeing graffiti around his neighborhood, and said the message in this one was very upsetting.

"I do not like to see our public police officers beaten with verbage like this, because they have a hard enough job and this doesn't help," said Vollstedt. 

He and others living the area said graffiti is growing problem: "I think it's a big probelm, you see it all the time," said Vollstedt.

Mike Mills agrees. He's a volunteer with the Huckleberry Patrol Team, a volunteer program with Eugene Police that cleans up graffiti in the downtown area.

He said if your property is vandalized, take a photo of it, call the non emergency police line and then take it down as quick as you can.

"A little bit promotes more and then it beceoms a real problem. Some of it is random taggers...some is gang related and it breeds more if you don't get rid of it," said Mills.

In 2017, police said the team removed 1,880 tags. Right now, there are only three volunteers with the team. Mills said that's why they're limited to the downtown area. He said they could expand with more help.

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