Woman calls the police on a black representative campaigning in Oregon

Woman calls the police on a black representative campaigning in Oregon

Woman calls the police on a black representative campaigning in Oregon

An African-American Oregon state lawmaker said this week that she was reported to the police as a "suspicious person" who might be a burglar while she was talking to constituents in a suburban neighborhood southeast of Portland.

OR state Rep. Janelle Bynum poses with a Clackamas County Sheriff's officer after he stopped her in Clackamas, Ore., July 3, 2018. There were the two men sitting in a Starbucks in Philadelphia, the Yale graduate student sleeping in her dorm's study lounge, the two men having a cookout in Oakland and the women checking out of an Airbnb in California - all of whom had the cops called on them.

She said she had watched Bynum knock on the door of seven different houses and called because of neighborhood safety. While she asked if she could speak face to face with the 911 caller, Bynum was told that the woman was "not available".

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Bynum, a Democrat running for re-election, says that Officer Campbell of Clackamas County handled the situation professionally.

Bynum said she told the officer "when people do things like this, it can be unsafe for people like me". In typical fashion, Bynum went door-to-door in order to meet with her constituents and listen to their concerns. OregonLive.com reported, "The deputy said someone called and reported Bynum appearing to spend a long time at houses in the area and appearing to be casing the neighborhood while on her phone".

She only had campaign fliers, her phone, and a pen on her while she was campaigning, she told newspaper The Oregonian. "[But] at the end of the day, it is important for people to feel like they can talk to each other to help minimize misunderstandings". And the internet has been following stories of BBQ Becky, Permit Patty, and Pool Patrol Paula - three white women who unnecessarily called police on black people.

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The deputy asked the politician if she was selling something, to which he informed her that she was a state legislator and that she was out canvassing.

"We talked and she did apologize", Bynum wrote.

According to OregonLive, Bynum told the deputy that "when people do things like this, it can be unsafe for people like me".

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'Live from the mean streets of Clackamas!' she said on Facebook with a selfie of the deputy.

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