A black man said he was racially profiled when the police were called on him after he was talking on the phone in the lobby of a DoubleTree hotel in Portland, Ore.
A man claims he was racially profiled in a hotel in Portland, Oregon, he took a phone call in the lobby, and a report about the moments that he had to leave, despite the fact that it is a guest.
Jermaine Massey, 34, of Kent, Wash., was staying in a DoubleTree Hotel in the city on Sunday and went back to his room after a Travis Scott concert, The Oregonian reported. He said that he went to the lobby to return a phone call from his mother.
Although, a security officer, the name Earl asked him if he was staying in the hotel, while Massey was on the phone. Massey replied that he was a guest, and asked the guard to give him space while he was on the phone.
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“Tonight I was racially profiled and discriminated against for taking a phone call in the lobby of my hotel room at the DoubleTree,” Massey wrote on Instagram.
The guard told Massey he was loitering and he suggested a “threat to the safety of the people.”
Massey recorded his encounter with the security officer before the police came. The hotel manager came to Massey and asked what happened. He explained that he took a phone call because of a family emergency.
Massey to the left of the hotel and have the rest of the night in the Sheraton. Portland Police confirmed in a statement that the officers went to the hotel.
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“The employees, who had authority to (remove) the people of the hotel, at the request of the officer made contact with a person in the lobby they had allegedly directed to leave the property,” the statement from the police said, according to KOIN. “The officer spoke with the man who collected his items and left the location. Prior to the man to leave the location, the Portland Police Bureau Officer offered the man assistance to a new hotel and at that time the man declined the offer.”
The hotel management told The Oregonian that the “unfortunate incident is likely the result of a misunderstanding” and have tried to contact Massey about the encounter.
Massey wrote on Instagram that he is “seeking justice.”