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Oregon hotel calls cops on a black guest for talking to his mom on his phone in the lobby

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The latest instance of white people calling the police on black people for doing next-to-nothing occurred just in time for the holidays in Portland, Oregon, where a hotel security guard found a black guest suspicious as he talked on the phone in the lobby.

The Oregonian reported that Jermaine Massey had just returned from a concert when he took a call from his mother in the lobby of the DoubleTree Hotel where he was staying on his first visit to Portland.

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Because his mother lives on the East Coast and it was later there, Massey told the newspaper, he sat down before going back up to his room to see if she was alright.

The man said in his now-viral videos that while he was on the phone with his mother in the lobby, a security guard whose nametag read “Earl” approached him and asked if he was a guest at the hotel.

Massey told the guard he was and, according to The Oregonian, became irritated when the guard kept pressing and asked what his room number was.

He responded that he couldn’t recall and was on the phone — and that’s when the guard had a manager call the police, in spite of him holding his room key card.

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According to one of Massey’s posts detailing the event, the guard told him he was “a safety threat” and had caused a “disturbance.”

The manager, Massey said, asked him what had happened only after complying with the guard’s request and calling police, and when officers arrived, he was asked to remove his belongings from his room and told that if he didn’t he “would be considered a trespasser and would be thrown in jail.”

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In his post, Massey said he complied and checked out of the room — and was not given a refund.

“A police report describes Massey as very angry and loud,” The Oregonian reported. “An officer told Massey outside the hotel that he had no way of knowing if the incident was fueled by racism, but that Massey should follow up with his complaints with hotel management so he wouldn’t have to be arrested for trespassing.”

The report noted that Paul Peralta, the general manager of the Portland DoubleTree where the incident occurred, reached out to Massey to “amend” the situation.

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“Safety and security of our guests and associates is our top priority at the Doubletree by Hilton Portland,” Peralta said in a statement. “This unfortunate incident is likely the result of a misunderstanding between our hotel and guest. We are sorry that this matter ended the way it did. We are place of public accommodation and do not discriminate against any individuals or groups.”

Massey, however, said in his posts that what happened to him at the DoubleTree was racial profiling and discrimination.

“I plan to try to seek justice and make sure it doesn’t happen to anybody else,” he said in one of his videos.

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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 @doubletreepdx @doubletree. The security guard “Earl” decided that he would call the police on me, the exact reason is still unclear to me. He said that I was a safety threat to the other guests and that I was trespassing and said that I was a disturbance because I took a personal phone call from my mom in a more remote area of the lobby. The manager who actually called the cops, “Luis” actually asked me AFTER he called the cops, what happened? They already had in their minds that they didn’t want me there so I waited for the cops to show up and when they did, I explained my side of the story and they didn’t want to hear it. They asked me if I had personal items in my room (which of course I did) and asked me to go retrieve them. They told me that since the hotel requested me to leave, that if I didn’t I would be considered a trespasser and would be thrown in jail. I complied and cooperated and was not issued a refund for my room. I packed my stuff and went to another hotel. I cannot believe the level of professionalism that this hotel property had with me tonight. It is never ok to discriminate against guests for the color of their skin and to prejudge them based on your own bias against that race. Earl is a disgrace, calls himself a man but calls the Portland Police Dept on a man who was minding his own business in the lobby of his hotel. I had my hotel key in my hand the entire conversation, he knew I was a guest. He wanted to prove a point and did it in the worst way. Not really shocked that this happened but just extremely disappointed. I will be seeking justice. Believe that. @doubletree @doubletreepdx @hiltonhonors #hilton #hiltonhotels #racism #racisminamerica #racismisreal @shaunking

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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 @doubletreepdx @doubletree. The security guard “Earl” decided that he would call the police on me, the exact reason is still unclear to me. He said that I was a safety threat to the other guests and that I was trespassing and said that I was a disturbance because I took a personal phone call from my mom in a more remote area of the lobby. The manager who actually called the cops, “Luis” actually asked me AFTER he called the cops, what happened? They already had in their minds that they didn’t want me there so I waited for the cops to show up and when they did, I explained my side of the story and they didn’t want to hear it. They asked me if I had personal items in my room (which of course I did) and asked me to go retrieve them. They told me that since the hotel requested me to leave, that if I didn’t I would be considered a trespasser and would be thrown in jail. I complied and cooperated and was not issued a refund for my room. I packed my stuff and went to another hotel. I cannot believe the level of professionalism that this hotel property had with me tonight. It is never ok to discriminate against guests for the color of their skin and to prejudge them based on your own bias against that race. Earl is a disgrace, calls himself a man but calls the Portland Police Dept on a man who was minding his own business in the lobby of his hotel. I had my hotel key in my hand the entire conversation, he knew I was a guest. He wanted to prove a point and did it in the worst way. Not really shocked that this happened but just extremely disappointed. I will be seeking justice. Believe that. @doubletree @doubletreepdx @hiltonhonors #hilton #hiltonhotels #racism #racisminamerica #racismisreal @shaunking

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