Black Oregon legislator Janelle Bynum says her teenage daughter & # 39; was racially profiled by an agent at the mall & # 39;
Oregon state representative, Janelle Bynum, has claimed that her 17-year-old daughter and two friends were racially profiled by a security guard patrolling a parking lot in a shopping mall on Friday.
Bynum, who is black, said her daughter, Christine, and two friends were in a car to decide what to do after one of the friends was denied access to an R-movie because she had no driver's license to prove her age .
After about ten minutes, a guard came and asked them not to hang out and move on.
& # 39; They were in the car when a mall agent parked and walked over to them and said they were waiting too long. They didn't even know what the word meant. But they knew they were profiled. And for what ??? & # 39; she wrote in a Facebook post on Friday, only a few hours after 5 p.m. incident.
Oregon State Representative Janelle Bynum (above) said her daughter, Christine, and two friends were racially profiled on Friday by a mall agent who told them to stop hanging out
Bynum's daughter and two friends were in a car on the grounds outside the mall (pictured above) and decided what to do after one of the friends was denied access to an R movie because they had no driver's license to prove their age
The incident led Bynum to organize a & # 39; Loiter-in for Chrissy & # 39; event (pictured above), encouraging others to spend time at the mall and see if they would be asked to leave
A general manager of a mall, she said, asked to meet her and her daughter after she had collected more information.
The incident prompted Bynum to organize a & # 39; Loiter-in for Chrissy & # 39; event on Monday, encouraging others to spend time at the mall and see if they too would be asked to leave.
& # 39; Sit on the food court, sit on the phone in your car, sit on the benches. Report your experiences here, & # 39; wrote them on the Facebook post.
Clackamas center management and security were not immediately available when DailyMail.com contacted.
Bynum noticed that she responded to the authorities last year when a voter called 911 after noticing that she was only visiting a neighborhood she represented, reports The Oregonian.
Bynum, a democrat who was running for a second term at the time, said she was knocking on doors and chatting with residents. She also took notes with her phone.
A deputy sheriff from Clackamas County approaching her said that a local resident had reported that she looked like she was abandoning the neighborhood.
She claimed that out of the thousands of doors she had knocked on over the years, it was the first time someone had called the police at her.
Bynum, who won the election, spoke to the 911 caller who apologized, she said, but would not confirm where she lived in the area.
However, the incident was still & # 39; bizarre & # 39 ;, she told the Oregonian.
& # 39; It comes down to people not knowing their neighbors and people who are anxious in their neighborhood, which is sort of my job to help eradicate. But in the end it is important that people feel that they can talk to each other to minimize misunderstanding. & # 39;
Another message from Bynum on Facebook (above) says that she & # 39; data & # 39; will gather about the results of the loiter-in-event
The shopping lot (above) has been the scene of drug transactions between states, according to judicial archives that were filed after the police last week after the police had committed a heroin failure there
At the time, racial profiles drew attention throughout the country. Anyway, the 911 caller's race was unknown.
Bynum explained on Facebook that she was organizing the & # 39; loiter-in & # 39; event, & # 39; to make it clear that the search for criminal activities may not be aimed at certain people & # 39 ;, she wrote. & # 39; If we have rules, they must be applied fairly. & # 39;
The mall has been the scene of drug transactions between states, according to judicial archives filed after the police last week after the police had committed a heroic failure there.
Bynum was told that on Facebook. She replied that she had no information about the criminal activities of the mall or the local authorities.
& # 39; These are the real threats we should look for & # 39 ;, she wrote. & # 39; Not wrongfully targeted at teenagers. & # 39;
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