Worker 'No Longer Employed' at Hotel After Calling Police on Black Family

A Hampton Inn employee is "no longer employed" after she called police on a Black woman whose children were using the hotel's pool.

Anita Williams-Wright live-streamed her encounter with police officers at the Hampton Inn in Williamston, North Carolina on Friday.

In the video, a hotel employee is seen with two officers questioning Williams-Wright about whether she has a room at the hotel.

"I have a key to get in and I can show you that it works," she is heard saying in the video. "I have a room here. I don't need to give my name. I didn't break the law," she added.

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The hotel employee is heard telling Williams-Wright that she wanted to ensure everyone using the pool was a hotel guest.

But Williams-Wright is heard saying she was being discriminated against as she was the only one being questioned.

"I'm the only Black person here in this pool, they want to question me," she says. "There was two white people sitting over there, she said nothing to them."

"She said to me, 'Oh, because it's always people like you using the pool unauthorized.' Whose people like me?"

Williams-Wright is seen refusing to provide officers with identification besides her room key, maintaining that she had not broken the law.

But the officers are seen checking her vehicle's license plate in the video, which ends as Williams-Wright and her children leave the pool area and return to their room.

Williams-Wright is heard accusing the officers and hotel employee of being racist. She has been contacted for additional comment.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the Williamston Police Department said there had been "an outcry over this call for service and how it was handled" and that an internal investigation had been launched.

"The Williamston Police Department takes the complaint process very seriously and has initiated an internal investigation surrounding our response to this call for service," the statement said.

"Our office will conduct a thorough and complete internal investigation. We appreciate the public's concern and efforts to make us aware of this incident."

Police also released the incident report about the call and said the case had been marked "unfounded."

Officers arrived at the hotel at around 6.30 p.m. on Friday to investigate a case of trespassing, according to the incident report.

The officers spoke to the hotel employee who said she had been conducting hourly checks when she found two children playing in the pool unattended. She said when she asked the children who they were with, they pointed to a woman who was in a car nearby.

The employee said she had asked Williams-Wright what room she was staying in. When Williams-Wright refused and said "she was done talking to her," the employee told her she was going to call the police.

One of the responding officers asked the employee what she wanted to do after Williams-Wright refused to give her name. The employee read from her phone that "her manager wanted the people arrested," according to the police report.

In a statement, police said that Williams-Wright had held up a room key card several times, but refused to provide a room number or name. They said the key card is used by the hotel chain nationwide.

After police obtained Williams-Wright's name by checking her license plate, they discovered she had two rooms reserved under her name by her employer, the report said.

Hampton by Hilton has zero tolerance for racism or discrimination of any kind.

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In a statement posted on Twitter, Shruti Gandhi Buckley, the global head of Hampton by Hilton, said the company became aware about the incident over the weekend.

Buckley added that the company had apologized to Williams-Wright and her family directly and are working "to make this right."

"Hampton by Hilton has zero tolerance for racism and discrimination of any kind," Buckley said.

"Even as we communicated out expectations to the ownership and management of the Williamston property, we learned that the team member is no longer employed at the hotel.

"We have apologized directly to the guest and her family for their experience, and will work with them and the hotel to make this right.

"We remain in contact with the hotel's ownership about follow up actions, and to ensure that in the future, their employees reflect the best values of our brand and are welcoming of all."

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Stock photo shows Hilton chain hotel Hampton Inn in Middletown, DE, on July 26, 2019. A Hampton Inn employee in Williamston has lost her job after calling police on a Black family using the hotel pool. Paul Watson/AFP via Getty Images