Crime in Whiteaker neighborhood subject of community meeting
EUGENE, Ore. - Residents of Eugene's Whiteaker neighborhood held a community meeting Wednesday night.
Organizers said it's an opportunity for an open discussion about crime in the area since the death investigation of Anthony Xavier Johnson.
Detectives found his body in the street September 1.
Officers went door-to-door looking for surveillance video and other information.
Eugene Police are still looking for clues and evidence in the case.
More recently, authorities are investigating a report of gun shots firing off at 5th Avenue and Taylor Street around 3 a.m. Monday.
Mayor Kitty Piercy and representatives of the Eugene Police Department joined the conversation about increased patrols in the area.
"If the city wants go so free-freely about homelessness and illegal campers in the area, then the least they can do is triple - triple - our police services so that the citizens have some sense of security," said Janet Ayres, who lives in the Whiteaker.
In order to devote more officers to patrols and prompt response in the area, Piercy suggested citizens organize and request an increase to the police budget before the city council.
Lt. Doug Mozan said that, at this time, officers are responding to neighborhoods as dispatch calls come in.