PORTLAND, Ore. Attorney Greg Kafoury plans to sue the DoubleTree Hotel in London Northeast Portland over a racially charged incident his client Jermaine Massey had videotaped last Saturday.
"The actions of the hotel director and hotel security service are routine racism," Kafoury said Friday.
He said this Hotel staff discriminated against Massey, an African-American man who first traveled to Portland from Kent, Washington.
Kafoury also said that Massey, 34, was a law enforcement officer.
"Mr. Massey has made covert work for the police federal Department of Justice," Kafoury told a KATU reporter. "He was a staff member at the FBI."
A Portland FBI spokeswoman said she could not confirm or deny this allegation because of the partial government shutdown.
Meanwhile, the hotel apologized to Massey. He was treated and said he was working to prevent similar incidents. But Kafoury said the company needed to do more.
Videos of the incident Massey posted on Instagram and Twitter were viral almost immediately.
"I'm staying here, I have a hotel," says Massey Earl Meyers. a security guard in DoubleTree, in one of the videos he shot in the lobby of the hotel. "I have not harmed you, I'm sitting here taking a phone call and you've broken my phone."
Massey said the video clips show Meyers and other employees have left him.
I was racially profiled and mistreated, "Massey explains in one of the videos.
He was a paid guest at the DoubleTree at the time and said he was on the phone at 1
"Almost as I sat down, the security guard, a white, elderly man, walked up to me while I was on the phone and interrupted me : "Stay here?" "Massey says."
In a police report, a Portland officer says Meyers told him, "(Massey) immediately accuses Meyers of being a racist and just asking him because he was black … Meyers said (Massey) refuses to give a room number, and he said (Massey) that if he could not give a room number, he would have to ask him to leave the property.
Kafoury said that was not the case and told a KATU reporter that Massey Meyers was showing his key.
"We expect to file a lawsuit against Hilton DoubleTree and ask them to answer the question, who have not answered before, why this guy in a hotel lobby, if he does nothing more than talk to his mother on the phone, why was he interrogated, why was he asked to go to pain, go to jail? "Said Kafoury.
Officials escorted Massey from the property No one was arrested.
" He checked in at the hotel in the afternoon. He went to dinner, "Kafoury explained." He went to the concert, came back and called a call from his mother to the East. And look how he was treated. "
Paul Peralta, CEO of the DoubleTree Hotel, sent KATU two statements on the incident this week
Last Thursday, which was sent on Thursday, says:
"We sincerely apologize to Massey for his treatment last weekend and deeply regret the experience he has been through. It was unacceptable and contradicts our values, beliefs and how we try to treat all the people who visit our hotel.
"We have a zero tolerance attitude towards discrimination of any kind and we do not tolerate such behavior." We seek the advice of community leaders and will hire a third party to conduct a full investigation of the incident Internal processes, protocols and training are reviewed to ensure that we create a safe space for all, and the staff involved have been on leave for the duration of this investigation, and we will take the appropriate steps to ensure that this does not happen again. "
On Monday, Peralta sent the following statement from KATU: [19659005 "The safety of our guests and employees is a top priority at DoubleTree by Hilton Portland, and this unfortunate incident is probably the result of a misunderstanding between our hotel and the Guest, sorry that this matter has been this way We are a place of public housing and do not discriminate against individuals or groups. We turned to the guest to solve this problem. "