Black Man Claims He Was Racially Profiled in Portland Hotel After Talking on Phone

A black man claims he was racially profiled and was kicked out of a hotel he was staying in Oregon while he was talking to his mother on the phone.

Jermaine Massey, who is from Kent, Washington, was in Portland to see the Travis Scott concert on Sunday night when he got a phone call from his mother, who is on the East Coast, according to several Instagram videos.

Massey, who is black, took the phone call in the DoubleTree hotel in Portland, where he was staying. While he was on the phone, he recorded a security guard by the name of "Earl" come up to him and ask if he was staying in the hotel, according to The Oregonian. When he responded with yes but did not give him his room number, the security guard asked him to leave and called the police.

"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," Massey wrote on Instagram.

Once the police arrived at the hotel, employees claimed Massey was trespassing. Massey said the police allowed him to grab his personal items from his room.

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The DoubleTree hotel in Portland, Oregon. A black man claims he was racially profiled by hotel staff after he was kicked out of the hotel on Sunday for allegedly trespassing. Google Maps/Screenshot

"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," Massey wrote. "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."

The Portland Police department confirmed to Newsweek that the incident and claimed they had received a call about someone trespassing on the property.

"The officer arrived at the location and contacted employees of the DoubleTree Lloyd Center. The employees, who had authority to trespass people from the hotel, requested the officer contact a person in the lobby they had reportedly directed to leave the property. The officer spoke with the man, who gathered his items and left the location," the statement about the incident read. "Prior to the man departing from the location, the Portland Police Bureau Officer offered the man assistance to a new hotel and at that time the man declined the offer."

In a statement to Newsweek, Paul Peralta, general manager of the Portland DoubleTree, claimed that the incident was a misunderstanding and that the hotel staff does not discriminate against people on their race.

"Safety and security of our guests and associates is our top priority at the Doubletree by Hilton Portland. 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," the statement read. "We are a place of public accommodation and do not discriminate against any individuals or groups. We have reached out to the guest in order to resolve this matter."

Massey said in his Instagram post that he would be seeking justice over the incident.

"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," Massey wrote.

A similar incident occurred in October after a video went viral of a white woman blocking a black man from entering his apartment. The video shows Hilary Thornton blocking D'Arreion Toles to get into his apartment building and then following him up to his apartment.

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