Jermaine Massey was staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Portland, Oregon on the 22nd of December. While there, he was speaking to his mother on the phone over a personal matter. It was during this call that Massey was approached by 71-year-old security guard Earl Wesley Meyers.
""He even went so far as to say he's there to protect the safety of the guests," said Massey on his Instagram account. "As if I weren't a guest and I was causing a disturbance and I was a safety threat."
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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
Meyers interrupted the call, asking Massey for his room number to verify that he was a guest of the hotel. Meyers later called police to have Massey escorted from the property, even after he produced his room key to verify he was staying on the property. The cost of his stay was not refunded.
"You know judging someone based off of the color of their skin – you never know how it feels until you've actually been there. I could have went to jail had I responded a different way," Massey said on his Instagram account.
His incident follows a long string of similar cases, including police being called on people Barbequing legally in an Oakland park, a black girl selling water, and others.
Doubletree hotels have announced a review of the policies that led to the incident, claimed in a statement that, "We have a zero-tolerance stance on discrimination of any kind."
The hotel chain has also fired to employees over the incident, but did not name the pair. Meanwhile, Massey is still intending to pursue legal action over his mistreatment
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