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Eugene Police

The shooting of an unarmed African American man by a police officer in South Carolina this week has people talking about the videotaping of police. KLCC's Rachael McDonald spoke with Eugene Police Chief Pete Kerns.

Rachael McDonald

Scammers claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service are targeting the Eugene area.

Phone recording: "The reason of this call is to inform you that IRS is filing a lawsuit against you."

This is the call being reported to Eugene Police. The computer-generated voice instructs people to call a phone number. Detective Steve Williams says scammers try multiple tactics to get people to send money.

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This week the City of Eugene is installing signs on the sidewalks to indicate the designated zone for where bicyclists and skaters need to dismount and walk. In an effort to improve pedestrian safety, the Eugene City Council in July approved new laws prohibiting people from riding skateboards or bikes on sidewalks in the downtown area. The laws went into effect August 29. Since then, police have been issuing warnings and citations. The maximum fine is $50.

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With Oregon temperatures getting colder, efforts to find havens  for  Eugene's homeless are heating up.  KLCC's Claude Offenbacher spoke with Community Alliance of Lane County's Michael Carrigan Tuesday.  He asked Carrigan about the role CALC, Nightingale Sanctuary and others are playing to help secure safe places to sleep this winter for a few dozen of the estimated 1700 County people on the streets:

The Eugene City Council this week heard from Carrigan and the Raging Grannies, a social activism group.  They urged the city to lift the ban on homeless camping in City parks. 

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The Eugene Police Department is asking the public for any information about a stolen painting. Between May and August, a person purchased a painting from a Eugene second-hand store. It had been stolen in a burglary from a residence in West Eugene. The painting features a Vietnam countryside and according to the victim; it is a quilt-style.  

EPD is not looking for the suspect, as he has already been arrested. The store and the purchaser would be considered victims also. Anyone with any information on the piece is asked to contact EPD.

A statewide campaign to focus on drivers wearing seatbelts and minors in open-bed pickup trucks kicks off Monday.

Oregon's "Click-it or Ticket" campaign continues through June 1st. Drivers should notice more traffic officers on the road. The campaign provides *federal funding for overtime allowing officers to join together and offer high-visibility enforcement. Public Information Coordinator John Hankemeier says the goal is not just to give people tickets, but to create awareness.

The Eugene Police and Police Commission are taking a look at whether bias or profiling plays a role in how cops approach their work. There's a public forum Thursday evening for people to voice their concerns.

The Police Commission is drafting a policy on bias-based policing policy. At the same time EPD is developing new methods for collecting data on contact between police and the public. Carter Hawley is a Management Analyst for the Eugene Police Department. She says there's a perception that bias based on race, gender, age or other factors plays a role in police activity.

Rachael McDonald

Last Friday, police deployed a SWAT team to arrest a member of the Barrio Los Padrinos criminal street gang in downtown Eugene. The suspect was accused of sexual assault and believed to be armed. Earlier that day, KLCC's Rachael McDonald spoke with EPD Detective Greg Harvey. She asked about gang graffiti and what's going on with gangs in Eugene / Springfield.

Harvey: "So this little walkway goes between 2nd street and the Pioneer Parkway and it’s a heavily trafficked area."

Rachael McDonald

Lane County District Attorney Alex Gardner says a Eugene Police officer acted appropriately when he fatally shot a suspect on the campus of Churchill High School last month.

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Winter weather has arrived in and the Eugene Police Department has some tips on driving in snowy and icy conditions. The first tip is SLOW Down. Melinda McLaughlin is E-P-D's Public Information Officer. She says even if you drive a truck of S-U-V, conditions can be deceiving.

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