"I'm cautious about what I am doing, and how people are perceiving that, and I shouldn't have to think twice about where I take a phone call, or what part of the hotel I can visit", the newspaper quoted Masse as saying on Saturday.
When a black man staying in a Doubletree hotel in Portland, Oregon, called his mother from the lobby, he was told by a white security guard that he was trespassing and was escorted out of the building by police.
Police responded to the call and escorted Jermaine Massey out of the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, where he was staying, on December 22, a law firm representing Massey said in a statement.
The two employees accused of racially profiling Massey have been put on leave. When the guard, named Earl, prompted him for his room number, Massey told him he was on a phone call and didn't remember the number off the top of his head. Responding police officers told him to check out of the hotel as the dispute escalated.
Doubletree Portland said in a series of tweets posted Friday morning that it has "a zero-tolerance stance on discrimination of any kind, and do not tolerate behavior of that nature".
Concerned that his mom was having an emergency because of the late hour, the 34-year-old sat down in the lobby to field the call, he said. A white apartment complex manager in Memphis, Tennessee, was sacked after she called police on a black man wearing socks in the pool on the Fourth of July. "We reiterate our honest apology for what he endured & will work with diversity experts to ensure this never happens again", the hotel tweeted Saturday. He was staying at the hotel, and his attorneys say they want a public explanation and intend to pursue legal action, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.
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Did you think the party started already? "I didn't see a smile on any faces in the dressing room", he said. A bad experience but an experience to learn from.
Massey wrote on Instagram that he would be "seeking justice".
At this point, the videos that Massey recorded of the encounter begin, showing the security guard standing over him and telling him that police will arrive soon to escort him off the property. However, it would appear that statement wasn't actually true since the hotel tweeted later that same day that "t$3 he employees involved have since been placed on leave for the duration of this investigation".
Massey asked the manager why he was calling the police.
"I didn't do anything to you". Massey replied that he was a guest and asked the security guard to give him space while he was on the phone. "They asked me if I had personal items in my room (which of course I did) and asked me to go retrieve them". "I packed my stuff and went to another hotel", he stated.
Through his attorneys, Massey has asked the Portland DoubleTree to explain why they considered him a threat to hotel security, and why security even questioned him in the first place. "This unfortunate incident is likely the result of a misunderstanding between our hotel and guest", Peralta said. "We are a place of public accommodation and do not discriminate against any individuals or groups". 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. "We are sorry that this matter ended the way it did".