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PPB Investigating Possible Bias Related Assault - 09/09/19

**Correction of criminal code**

On Friday, September 6, 2019, at 10 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the area of Southwest 18th Avenue and Southwest Salmon Street on the report of an assault. The driver of a ride-share vehicle was assaulted by a male passenger. During the assault, the suspect made comments related to the driver's gender identity. The driver sustained non-life threatening injury.

The Portland Police Bureau's Detective Division is continuing the investigation. Anyone with information should contact Bias Crimes Detective Jeff Sharp at 503-823-9773 or at 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, gender identity 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 - Bias Crime in the First Degree - https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/166.165
* ORS 166.155 - Bias Crime 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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