December 27, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JERMAINE MASSEY, AN AFRICAN AMERICAN GUEST AT THE HILTON DOUBLETREE IN PORTLAND, CALLS FOR THE HOTEL TO EXPLAIN ITS CONDUCT
On December 22, 2018, at about 11 p.m., Jermaine Massey was, “calling his mother while black,” from a quiet corner of the lobby of the DoubleTree hotel in Portland, Oregon, when hotel security demanded to know if he was a guest. Mr. Massey replied that he was. The security guard persisted in questioning his presence, even after Mr. Massey presented his hotel key to the guard. When Mr. Massey asked why he was being singled out, security guard Earl Meyers replied that he was a “security threat.” The hotel manager called Portland police, who explained to Mr. Massey that the hotel demanded that he be arrested for trespass if he did not leave the premises. The officers escorted Mr. Massey to his room, where he gathered his personal belongings and left.
The officer offered him a ride, but Mr. Massey explained he had his own car and would drive himself, rather than leave in the back of a police car.
Mr. Massey has retained our law firm, Kafoury & McDougal.
Through our firm, Mr. Massey invites the Hilton DoubleTree Hotel chain to publicly answer the following questions:
- As the video shows, the incident took place in a quiet corner of the hotel lobby which was open to the public. At the time, Mr. Massey was returning a personal phone call from his mother who lives on the East Coast. Why was Mr. Massey approached by security? Why was he interrogated?
- The security guard told Mr. Massey that he was a “threat to security,” a statement echoed by the hotel chain’s press release, which states, “Safety and security of our guests and associates is our top priority.” Please explain in detail in what manner Massey was a threat to safety or security.
Once these questions are fully and completely answered, Mr. Massey may be willing to speak publicly on this matter. The hotel has requested a private discussion, but Mr. Massey was publicly humiliated. Therefore, he demands a public statement response.
The press is requested to make all contacts with Mr. Massey through our office. Please respect the privacy of Mr. Massey and his family during this difficult time.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Contact Greg and Jason Kafoury at our office: 503-224-2647