Several swastika signs found graffitied around Whiteaker neighborhood
EUGENE, Ore. – Residents and business owners in the Whiteaker are upset and concerned about swastika graffiti tagged around the area recently.
One of the owners of Old Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, Jevon Peck, was angry when he discovered the graffiti on the side of his building. The business acted fast to paint over the Nazi symbol, but the painful message is still being felt in the community.
Peck said a neighboring business told him about the graffiti Saturday morning. They said the outside of his building was vandalized with a swastika.
“It is the worst form of humanity that has ever existed on this planet,” Peck said.
Peck said nearby businesses were tagged as well. They also covered up the symbol immediately.
“These people should never be tolerated, ever,” Peck said.
But the Nazi propaganda didn’t stop there. Whiteaker community members found more swastikas around the neighborhood.
They shared the photos on the neighborhood Facebook page.
“It’s hard when that's your community and you see that happening,” said Alexa Lachman who lives in the neighborhood.
Lachman just became a United States citizen.
“I’m an immigrant and I walk around with white skin and feel pretty safe now that I have citizenship in this country and I’ll tell you the last couple of weeks here have been very rough for me emotionally,” she said.
Although the pictures were shared nearly 100 times on social media, the Eugene Police Department says they’ve responded to just two calls about the swastikas.
Peck took the issue beyond local law enforcement.
“I filed a federal complaint with the FBI and it’s because this is not okay, people!” he said.
The Eugene Police Department said the vandalism occurred between 2:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. Saturday. So far, there are no leads or suspects in the investigation.
If you have any information, call police at (541) 682-5111.