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Swastika Graffiti In Downtown; Suspect Description Given In Flyer Incident

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Eugene police have announced a fourth case of swastika graffiti in the city.  And they say a white supremacist flyer was posted near a home displaying a Jewish symbol.   KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

In the graffiti case, a swastika was painted onto glass in a parking garage elevator near Pearl and 10th Avenue. 

Previous targets are an auto shop, a pub, and a church.

The flyer incident happened near a residence at 12th and Adams.  The flyer was for the Aryan Brotherhood.   

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U.S. Dept. of Justice
One of the symbols associated with the Aryan Brotherhood. An EDP official says this matches one found on a recent flyer near the Fairgrounds.

Melinda McLaughlin of the Eugene Police Department says there’s a suspect in the flyer case.

“He's described as a white male, in his mid-20s.  He’s 5’9”, and 200 pounds, with red-blonde straight, collar-length hair, and no facial hair," she tells KLCC. 

"He was riding a black mountain bike and wearing a black coat and black pants.” 

The swastika tag and flyer reports were made Tuesday, February 14th.  It’s not certain if they are connected. 

Officials say while such displays can be considered free speech, the way they’re carried out could determine if there are criminal charges.  Graffiti itself is usually deemed “criminal mischief”.

Anyone with information can contact the Eugene police at 541-682-5111.  Or online at:  http://ceapps.eugene-or.gov/epdcoplogic/

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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