Social Media Not The Place To Share Tips, Suspicions About Hate Speech Graffiti
Police continue to investigate hate speech graffiti painted on private and public spaces in Eugene earlier this week. The city encourages anyone with information or suspicion-- to take it to E.P.D.-- not social media.
Following police reports of multiple swastikas stenciled on benches, sidewalks and businesses early Wednesday morning-- the incident was posted on social media sites. In some cases, people shared photos and even accusations of possible suspects.
Fabio Andrade is Human Rights and Equity Analyst with the City of Eugene. (He acknowledges while the conversation may start on line, it shouldn’t stay there.)
“I think the most important thing for us in social media is to say that we do not tolerate this kind of behavior,” Andrade says, “and maybe stimulate people to report if they see similar hate graffiti, hate messages or any act of discrimination or hate crimes in our city so people so people know how to report.”
Andrade says there were at least 8 similar incidents in Eugene in 2018. He says his office has focused on helping Public Works clean up the graffiti and support victims where they can.
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