Eugene ranks worst in Oregon for number of reported hate crimes

Of the over 7,000 criminal incidents reported over last year, nearly 150 of them happened here in Oregon, and 72 of those that happened in Oregon, were reported in Eugene.

Posted: Nov 14, 2018 11:09 PM
Updated: Nov 15, 2018 10:17 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The FBI has released its annual report of hate and discrimination crimes that were reported across the country.

Of the over 7,000 criminal incidents reported over last year, nearly 150 of them happened here in Oregon, and 72 of those that happened in Oregon were reported in Eugene.

Based on that report from the FBI, 46 of those reported crimes in Eugene were based on race, ethnicity or ancestral backgrounds.

Twelve were based on religion, eight on sexual orientation, one on disability, one on gender and four on gender identity.

Eugene NAACP President Eric Richardson said that report shows him two things.

"The amount of increasing negative interactions that we're having in our community, unfortunately," Richardson said. "Then, the actual idea that Eugene and community partners are working together to at least build trust so that people can report these things and feel like the community is responsive."

Richardson said he believes that since other towns and cities don't have the reporting systems in place that Eugene does, their numbers aren't as high.

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