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Bias Crimes Increase in Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene police say the number of bias crimes related to sexual orientation or identity and religion so far this year already exceeds the total number from last year.

Between January and June there were seven reported crimes related to sexual orientation or identity and six related to religion.

EPD says the majority of the religion-related crimes involve graffiti, but crimes focused on sexual orientation or identity tend to involve assault.

While the number of crimes in those categories is up, race is the main motivation for bias crimes in Eugene.

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