City of Eugene releases 2019 race and bias crime report

Experts say hate crimes go underreported, and the city of Eugene wants people to come forward.

Posted: Oct 21, 2020 6:31 PM
Updated: Oct 22, 2020 9:50 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- According to Eugene's annual race and bias crime report, 66 crimes were reported to the city in 2019.

These incidents are reported through the Office of Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement (HRNI) and the Eugene Police Department.

Of the total, 48 were categorized as hate crimes and 18 were considered non-criminal. But according to Fabio Andrade with the HRNI office, they know those cases are underreported.

"The data we have to gather our assumptions is the national research," he said. "That is an estimation that only about 42% of the cases are reported every year."

Andrade said he meets people who want to share their story but don't want to report the crime.

"We try to work with the victims and provide them with the support we can provide and follow up to give them information and options they can pursue," he said.

Experts in discrimination and equality said reporting hate and bias crimes help the community become a more welcoming and safe place.

Eric Richardson, the executive director of Eugene's NAACP, believe that the data from the reports helps show people what's actually happening in the community.

"So that we make decisions around policy around access to different people, around resource allocation," Richardson said.

That's why he said the city of Eugene wants to hear from people.

"We want to hear from people and make people feel like they can trust the government to hear their voice," he said.

To report crimes, if it's an emergency dial 911. If it is not an emergency, call 541-882-5111.

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