Black Oregon Lawmaker Says Constituent Called 911 On Her

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The lawmaker, who was elected to represent House District 51, got the deputy to call the woman who reported her as suspicious, and Bynum said she was apologetic and said she called 911 because she was anxious about public safety.

Rep. Janelle Bynum, a Democrat, posted to Facebook on Tuesday to thank the deputy who took the call in Clackamas County, Oregon. A Clackamas Country sheriff's deputy showed up as she typed notes into her cellphone outside of a house she'd visited.

The police acted "professionally" and the constituent who reported her apologized, she said.

A black OR lawmaker was knocking on doors in the neighborhood she represents when a frightened constituent called police to question her. "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".

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Bynum thought to herself "I don't believe this" as the vehicle pulled up, she told the newspaper. Bynum said the deputy was courteous and professional and later posed for a selfie with her on Facebook.

Bynum grew up in Washington, D.C., and she said she had not held public office before becoming a state representative. The caller's race is unknown, the Oregonian reports.

Bynum said she asked if the officer was able to phone the woman who made the 911 call so that she could speak to her.

Bynum was elected to the state house of representatives in 2016.

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The woman said she'd seen Bynum at seven other homes before deciding to call 911 around 4:50 p.m.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Department did not immediately return Fox News' request for comment.

Around the same date, a white woman went viral for appearing to call the police on an 8-year-old black girl selling water without a permit in California. "It's OK for people to call when they think something is wrong, but it is also OK for people who have been called on to feel a sting and to acknowledge that being accused of something hurts".

Bynum said she wished the woman had contacted her personally to discuss her concern, rather than calling the police.

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Earlier that month, two black men were arrested while waiting for another man for a business meeting at a Starbucks in downtown Philadelphia.