Jermaine Massey has publicly asked the DoubleTree in the Lloyd District in Portland to explain why he had come out of the hotel and was thrown out when he was there.
"The hotel has requested a private discussion, but Mr. Massey has been publicly humiliated," said Massey's lawyers. "That's why he demands a public statement."
Massey, 34, telephoned his mother on Sunday after a Travis Scott concert at the Moda Center when a white guard approached him and interrupted his call to ask him one Guest at the hotel. When Massey said he was, the guard continued to ask what room number he was in.
Massey said as he tried to interrupt the interaction because he was on the phone. The guard then had a manager who asked the Portland Police to remove Massey from the premises.
Much of the event was recorded on Massey's phone. He also published a series of videos of his experiences immediately after the incident when he booked a room at the Sheraton near Portland Airport.
The Portland Hotel Calls Cops to Black Guests in the Lobby
Well, Massey pleads guilty to simply "blacken his mother." The phrase refers to similar incidents in which white people have called the police to black people for harmless behavior. An Oregon legislature was the target of one of these incidents when a white woman called Janelle Bynum's police for an election campaign in her neighborhood.
In the case of Massey, Massey's case attracted similar comparisons. Black people had to interact with the police for grilling in a park or trying to get into their own apartment building.
In some cases, these interactions can be deadly.
In the police report, Massey is described as "very angry" and officers say he screamed. In the videos he sounds angry, but adheres to the instructions of the police.
"This was a real incident where I could have gone to jail if I reacted differently," Massey said in his Instagram video, in which he told the night. 1
"It's just that racism is always alive," said Masseyim Instagram video "It's sad that people have to go through these things, so they do not believe that they are not the least incapacitated."
Massey has now kept the lawyers in Portland, Greg and Jason Kafoury. They released two questions that DoubleTree's management should answer:
"1 As the video shows, the incident took place in a quiet corner of the hotel lobby that was open to the public at that time, Mr. Massey I have a personal phone call Called back by his mother, who lives on the East Coast, why was Mr. Massey approached by security forces? Why was he interrogated?
2 The guard told Mr. Massey that he was "a threat" security, "she said Press release from the hotel chain: "The safety of our guests and employees is our top priority." Please explain in detail how Mr. Massey poses a threat to safety. "
The hotel management told the police officer who had security guard Earl Meyers According to a police report, the task was to ask people in the lobby if they were guests of the hotel.
In the videos, Meyers says I called the police to remove Massey, because in spite of everything he was hanging around Massey holding his room keycard.
DoubleTree CEO Paul Peralta said Monday that the incident was a misunderstanding.
"The safety and security of our guests and employees comes first in the Doubletree by Hilton Portland," Peralta said in a statement. "This unfortunate incident is probably the result of a misunderstanding between our hotel and the guest. We are sorry that this matter ended like this. We are a place of public housing and do not discriminate against individuals or groups. "
However, Massey said he felt unequivocal because he was black and wore a black hoodie with jeans and sneakers.
Video sitting in the lobby – alone in a bench of comfortable chairs, away from the crowd
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