Hotel Calls Police On Black Guest
A Black guest at a Portland, Oregon DoubleTree hotel, was accused by the hotel’s security guard of loitering, then called the police and had him removed.
Jermaine Massey had returned to the hotel after attending a Travis Scott concert. Wearing a hoodie, he was in the hotel lobby when he noticed a missed call from his mother. Concerned that it was important, Massey decided to sit in the lobby and return her call before going up to his room.
That’s when the security guard approached and demanded to know if Massey was a guest. Massey couldn’t recall his room number when the guard asked. In the heated exchange, the guard accused Massey of loitering and had a manager call the police, even though Massey was holding his room key card.
Massey posted his video saying: “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? ”
#StayWoke There has always been a racial blurry line between “hanging out” and “committing a crime.” for the highly melanated. Racist loitering laws go back to the Black Codes and Vagrancy Laws enforced after the civil war, which allowed authorities to arrest freed Blacks for minor infractions and commit them back into involuntary labor.