EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene police plan to re-evaluate safety at the “Whoville” homeless camp after a fight lands one man behind bars.
The fight happened on Friday night. “Whoville” spokesperson Tzedakah Bateliyah says she was in her tent when she started hearing people screaming, “knife, knife, call 911.”
Eugene police says when officers arrived they found a camper detaining Robert Wright.
Police say some of the campers became offended by Wright’s swastika tattoo and attempted to kick him out of the camp. That’s when the fight began.
EPD says Wright nicked a man’s hand with a screwdriver and kicked him in the chest.
Bateliyah tells KEZI 9 News the weapon used was a knife and about 12 officers came out to the camp.
Wright was booked on harassment, disorderly conduct and interfering with police.
“We all came to the rescue of our leader,” said camper Auora Richardson. ” We called the police and tried to take care of it.”
“We just want to continue to ask that we be treated like any neighborhood,” said Bateliyah. “If there’s a problem with one person at a tent, we treat the tent like a house. Deal with the person and don’t make that a label across all of “Whoville”.
Members of the homeless camp say they don’t want people to be afraid to come out to the camp because of incidents like this.