Race still leading factor in hate crimes, Eugene report says

The number of reports increased in 2020.

Posted: Aug 19, 2021 2:56 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – Race and ethnicity continue to be the leading motivating factor for reported hate and bias crimes, according to a new report from the city of Eugene.

The city’s annual Hate and Bias Report for 2020 came out on Thursday.

City officials say the report, which is in its ninth consecutive year, is part of the city’s goal to create a safe community for all.

In 2020, 93 bias crimes and non-criminal incidents were reported to police and the Office of Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement. It's an increase from 66 incidents the year before. These can include crimes motivated by perceived race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation and more.

However, the city added that the data set for the report is small and means it’s not possible to draw a firm conclusion. The actual number of incidents could be much larger. According to a Department of Justice survey, more than half of hate crimes were not reported to police.

City officials say the increase comes after the killing of George Floyd and the large protests that swept the city and the country. Eugene has seen the number of bias crimes targeting Black community members go up amid the unrest.

Read the full report below.

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