Man says Portland hotel racially profiled him before calling police

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A Black man, who was a guest at a Portland, Oregon DoubleTree hotel, accused the hotel's security guard of racial profiling for calling the police on Sunday to have him removed for loitering.

"I needed some privacy, I had a family emergency going on and this gentleman made a decision to come over here and harass me and ask me where I was staying", Massey, who is seen sitting on a couch, tells a hotel manager identified as Luis.

Massey, who is African-American, gained widespread media attention after he posted videos of his interaction with a hotel security guard named Earl Meyers on social media.

Massey noted that white guests were standing in the lobby without the security guard interrogating them.

Massey said the security guard approached him and the police booted him from the hotel because he is black.

Massey had been staying at the Portland DoubleTree after traveling to Portland for the first time to watch a Travis Scott concert at the Moda Theater. A black man claims he was racially profiled by hotel staff after he was kicked out of the hotel on Sunday for allegedly trespassing. "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".

A guest at a Portland hotel is alleging he was harassed by staff when he was asked to leave the property after taking a phone call in the hotel lobby late Saturday night.

"The hotel has requested a private discussion, but Mr. Massey was publicly humiliated", attorneys Gregory and Jason Kafoury of the law firm Kafoury and McDougal wrote in a statement.

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"I can not believe the level of professionalism that this hotel property had with me tonight". Portland Police confirmed to KGW that they responded to the call.

"The employees, who had authority to (remove) people from the hotel, requested the officer contact a person in the lobby they had reportedly directed to leave the property", the statement from police said, according to KOIN. "The officer spoke with the man, who gathered his items and left the location", Burley said.

"Safety and security of our guests and associates is our top priority at the Doubletree by Hilton Portland", Paul Peralta, manager of that location, said in a statement to The Oregonian.

The hotel wrote that the incident was unfortunate and apologized for how it was handled. "We are place of public accommodation and do not discriminate against any individuals or groups". They also said that they have reached out to Massey to resolve the matter. But as he began talking, Earl approached him and things got heated pretty fast, he said in an Instagram post. He alleges that he had his room key in his hand the entire time.

"He wanted to prove a point and did it in the worst way".

"Not really shocked that this happened but just extremely disappointed", he said.

"I plan to try to seek justice and make sure that that's not happening to anybody else", Massey said in a video.

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