Eva Chapin, 34, told police officers she was upset about parking issues, which prompted her to leave racist notes on her African-American neighbor’s front door.
Chapin, of West Linn, Oregon, wrote on one of the notes: "I'm not a racist but I can see how someone can become [sic] hating (racial slur). You did this. There were no (racial slur) in W.L. until u came.”
The neighbor, who has not been identified, is a naturalized U.S. citizen from Ghana who has been living in West Linn for more than 11 years.
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"I feel I’m not safe here. Not in my own home," the 47-year-old woman told KATU.
Chapin allegedly called her neighbor the n-word and an “ape.” She has been arrested and charged with harassment and two counts of second-degree intimidation.
“[The victim] was really shocked and disappointed that someone would abuse her in this fashion," said Mark Cogan, an attorney whose wife is a friend of the victim. "She finds it disturbing that someone would confront her with this kind of hatred over something as trivial as a parking spot.”
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Chapin has been in trouble with the law before. In 2012, she pleaded guilty to drunken driving and reckless driving - she left her two preschool-aged children at home alone when she crashed her vehicle into a street sign and a tree.
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