Police Called On Black Oregon Lawmaker For Campaigning In Her Own District

Oregon state Rep. Janelle Bynum says one of her constituents called the police on her  on July 3 while she was campaigning door-to-door in a neighborhood that she represents in Clackamas, Oregon.

The Democrat told Oregon Live that she was knocking on doors, talking to residents and taking notes on her cellphone  when a Clackamas County deputy pulled up in his patrol car.

The deputy asked the lawmaker if she was selling something, and she explained how she was canvassing the neighborhood.

The deputy said a woman reported Bynum for casing the neighborhood while on her phone.

Bynum said she often takes notes on her cellphone, and only had campaign fliers, her cellphone and a pen on her:

It was just bizarre. It boils down to people not knowing their neighbors and people having a sense of fear in their neighborhoods, which is kind of my job to help eradicate. But at the end of the day, it’s important for people to feel like they can talk to each other to help minimize misunderstandings.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office did not respond to Oregon Live’s questions.

Bynum said the woman who called the police on her was apologetic and claimed that she called 911 for the safety of the neighborhood.

Bynum said she hopes to meet the woman who called the police on her:

We all know that we’re not in a society that is perfect, and we have wounds that still need to heal, but at the end of the day, I want to know my kids can walk down the street without fear. 

I hope everyone gets a good look at my face, because I’m coming to your door.

(Source: Oregon Live, Photo Credit: Rep. Janelle Bynum)

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