Portland lawmaker says fear of white supremacists made her call 911 over canceled Lyft ride


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To hear Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty tell the tale, the city is chock full of white supremacists riding around in pick-up trucks in search of black people.

Yes, we’re talking about Portland, Oregon.

 

The hypocritical Democrat who oversees the city’s 911 system and calls for defunding police, claiming many 911 calls are unnecessary, found herself under fire after calling 911 when a Lyft driver canceled her ride and tried to drop her off at a gas station.

Hardesty called 911 when the driver canceled her ride after she complained about a cracked window — the driver was reportedly complying with COVID protocols from the rideshare company. The black official said she called 911 because she was fearful for her safety (from the police?) after the driver called 911 — Hardesty refused to get out of his vehicle.

“I knew that having him call the police would put me in danger,” Hardesty said. “And so that’s why I proactively called 911.”

Hardesty addressed the media attention the incident had received at Thursday’s city council meeting.

“This is another example of being black in America and being put in a position where I have to be the one to look out for my personal safety,” Hardesty said.

“I didn’t expect the Lyft driver to do it, certainly didn’t expect the police to do it. It was my responsibility to make sure I got home safe,” she added.

She fell back on the claim that she was at risk from white supremacists, this coming in a city were a Trump supporter was assassinated in the streets.

“When you’re living in a city where white supremacists are proudly riding around in their big trucks with their flags and you’re a black person and somebody wants to put [you] on the side of the road at night. Not gonna happen,” Hardesty said.

The city commissioner had previously played the poor helpless woman card, saying in an earlier statement that it was “totally inappropriate to expect a woman to get out of a vehicle in the dead of night.”

She also threw President Donald Trump into the mix, for good measure.

“I am very aware of how unsafe it is for a single woman to be traveling anywhere, especially in this very racially tense time,” she told the Tribune. “I’m very thoughtful about how I travel, where I go, what time, because I’m always aware that my safety is in jeopardy. And even more so since this Trump era has been around.”

Hardesty accused the driver, Richmond Frost, of being “blatantly rude”

Frost said Hardesty, who he picked up at a casino, “was not a happy camper from the minute I logged into being on location,” suggesting she may have had a bad day at the tables, according to The Oregonian.

“To argue and belittle and to treat me the way I felt she treated me was completely unnecessary,” he said of the incident. ” I’m not out there to be abused.”

The irony here being that Frost said he likely shares similar views as Hardesty.

“I come from the school of Gandhi and King and Congressman (John) Lewis,” he said.

 

Tom Tillison

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The longest-tenured writer at BizPac Review, Tom grew up in Maryland before moving to Central Florida as a young teen. It is in the Sunshine State that he honed both his passion for politics and his writing skills.

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