Officers Investigate Possible Bias Crime in Portland's Cully Neighborhood - No Injuries

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September 12, 2018 17:40

  

On Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at 12:53 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the 4700 block of Northeast Prescott Street on the report of a vandalized vehicle.

Officers arrived and contacted the victim that had contacted the Bureau of Emergency Communications (BOEC) to report the damage to her vehicle. The victim's vehicle was parked in the victim's driveway at the time of the incident. Officers observed paint had been smeared on the vehicle and a racial slur was etched into the of the vehicle.

Based on information learned at this time, investigators believe this may be a bias crime related to the person's race.

At this time in the investigation there are no suspect descriptions to provide.

The Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Bias Crime Detail is continuing the investigation. Anyone with information, including video surveillance footage, of this incident should contact Bias Crime Detail Detective Jeff Sharp at 503-823-9773 or Jeff.Sharp@portlandoregon.gov

The Bureau investigates all reports of bias-motivated crimes and encourages any member of our community who is the victim of such a crime to contact law enforcement. Under Oregon law, bias crimes are defined as any criminal act that targets a victim based on the suspect's perception of the victim's race, color, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin. Detectives work to determine whether or not bias elements are present during the reported crime that align with Oregon law as defined in the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS):

* ORS 166.165 - Intimidation in the First Degree - https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/166.165
* ORS 166.155 - Intimidation in the Second Degree - https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/166.155

If you have been the victim of a bias crime assault or you are witnessing one, immediately call 9-1-1. If you have been the victim of a different bias crime and the suspect is no longer present, such as vandalism or graffiti, please call the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

To learn more about bias crime investigations and reported bias/hate crime statistics within the City of Portland, please visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/77066

Additionally, the City of Portland is a partner in Portland United Against Hate, which is a community initiated partnership of Community Based Organizations, Neighborhood Associations, concerned communities and the City. To learn more, please visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/72583

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