January 16th, 2012 1:18 pm | by HANNAH HOFFMAN News | Posted In: Activism, City Hall, Cops and Courts

Crime Spiked Downtown During Occupy Portland, Police Say

occupypdxeviction_3802(square)Thousands took to the streets during the Occupy Portland eviction, when police say crime reached its zenith downtown. - IMAGE: vivianjohnson.com
Remember the debate over whether Occupy Portland increased crime downtown? The Portland Police Bureau hasn't forgotten, and today it released a report (PDF) attempting to demonstrate that crime spiked during the Occupy Portland encampment in Chapman and Lownsdale squares.

The report shows 20 crimes were reported in District 850, which includes the squares, during the week of Oct. 2-8, when the encampment began. (It ran from Oct. 6 through Nov. 13.)

During the week of the Nov. 13 eviction, about 63 crimes were reported, more than tripling during those five weeks. The police numbers show crime climbing steadily during the weeks of the encampment. They also shows crime in the area nearby dropping to about 12 incidents the week after the Occupy Portland eviction.

Police data from 2009 and 2010, crime this year in the district was considerably higher than in either of the two years past, the report shows.

Significantly, however, the report does not break down what kinds of crimes were being reported.
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