The lawmaker reportedly told the deputy that “when people do things like this, it can be dangerous for people like me.”
From NPR News:
In the lead-up to Independence Day, Oregon state Rep. Janelle Bynum — a black woman — was out canvassing her constituents in Clackamas, as she is up for re-election this fall.
But according to Bynum, her door-to-door stops raised alarm bells for someone, who called the police.
OregonLive reported that Bynum was typing notes on her cellphone when a Clackamas County sheriff’s deputy pulled up and asked if she was selling something. She introduced herself and the two sorted the situation out.
It’s hard to see this incident as anything other than yet another unfortunate case of racial profiling:
Bynum’s is the latest in a series of incidents that have gone viral where people of color have had police called on them for doing such seemingly everyday things as touring the campus of Colorado State University, barbecuing at Lake Merritt or asking for the bathroom key while waiting for a colleague at Starbucks.