Vandalism urging defunding of police targets Eugene city councilors

The city said they won't release the names of the councilors to respect their privacy.

Posted: May 10, 2021 8:53 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Three Eugene City Councilors woke up Monday morning to vandalism on their properties with messages supporting defunding police.

The city said two councilors had walls and fences spray-painted with graffiti and one had a sign left on their property. The Eugene Police Department said they're not releasing photos of the vandalism to protect the investigation.

However, Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner said in a statement this vandalism is an affront to the local government and the community.

"Attempting to intimidate elected officials by defacing their homes is criminal behavior," Skinner said. "Our elected officials put in long hours, make themselves available, and do the heavy lifting to represent residents in their ward as well as the city. This graffiti is the opposite of free speech; it flies in the face of our local democratic processes. I am making sure we will investigate and hold the offenders accountable, as well as protect our elected officials.”

Mayor Lucy Vinis said the graffiti is an infuriating and cowardly act. 

"It's counter-productive," Vinis said. "Most of this community wishes to engage in constructive problem-solving."

The city said they won't release the names of the councilors to respect their privacy.

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