Community Rallies Around Family After Bear Spray Attack

For The Skanner

More than 340 people have donated more than $12,000 to help a Northeast Portland family replace their car and address the medical expenses and trauma associated with a racist assault on three Black children last week. This Sunday, a multiracial group of Portland bicyclists is going for a ride against hate.

In an interview with The Skanner News earlier this week, family members said they are grateful for the outpouring of support after the assault, which police are investigating as a racially motivated incident.

According to police reports and interviews, on Sept. 13 three young African American boys were pepper sprayed while sitting in a parked car waiting for their mother at Northeast 9th and Killingsworth, by an attacker who rode up on a bike, sprayed pepper spray through an open window and yelled racial epithets at them. The crime is being investigated by Portland Police Bureau’s bias crimes unit.

The boys attacked are 12, 11 and seven-years old. According to Foia Frazer, the boys’ mother, she and Patricia Garner, the boys’ grandmother were indoors exchanging keys at the time of the incident and came outside after they heard the children screaming. The car was fuming.

“It was like a natural disaster,” Frazier said.

Read the rest on The Skanner‘s website.

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