Woman accused of leaving racist notes over parking spot arrested

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West Linn, OR — A West Linn woman is facing harassment charges after police say she put racist notes on her neighbor’s door.

Investigators said the situation all started with an argument over a parking spot in their apartment complex.

Eva Chapin was arrested Tuesday for allegedly putting racist and harassing notes on her neighbor’s door.

“That anybody would feel entitled to address somebody else in the community with this abusive, disgusting, foul, inappropriate language, just makes me sick,” said Mark Cogan, a friend of the woman who received the notes.

Cogan said his friend is from Ghana.

Chapin previously pleaded guilty in 2012 to reckless driving and DUI after crashing her car into a tree while her two, preschool-aged children were home alone, according to FOX 12 records.

In this case, Cogan said his friend feels better now that police took action, but they are worried about the possibility of it happening again.

“If somebody is going to be so incensed to be dispensing this type of racial abuse over a parking spot, what would she do if it was something really significant?” he said.

Chapin is out of custody and is due to be in court May 7 to face two counts each of second-degree harassment and intimidation.

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6 comments

  • Last Straight Man Standing

    A typical closet racist. There’re a lot of them in this world – whether you’re black or white. They might be saying hi to you, they might be smiling at you. But they can’t hide their true color hidden forever. They usually come out during dispute. I’m glad the law enforcement took action. Good job!

    • Wallus

      Probably, but sometimes people want to scream racism when what has happened is someone lashing out at a visible facet they think is a target for an insult. The academic theory that all of society is racist is bunk. Plenty of people could care less about skin.

  • That Guy I Am

    I knew the law would eventually get around to punishing bad words, I just didn’t know it would happen so fast. Say goodbye to your freedom of speech america

  • TerryT

    Think what you want of the content of this note, but i see little supporting the allegation that this woman “Tampered or interfered with property, having no right to do so nor reasonable ground to believe that the person has such right, with the intent to cause substantial inconvenience to another because of the person’s perception of the other’s race, color, religion, sexual orientation or national origin;” or “Publicly insulted such other person by abusive words or gestures in a manner intended and likely to provoke a violent response.” Being as those are the only sections of the Oregon statutes on harassment and intimidation she could possibly be considered to have violated, she should sue for wrongful arrest!

  • Watcher

    Well the racist touch was over the top. She was just as likley trying to say the worst thing she could think of to make the other person mad as opposed to being racist.

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