Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

State Rep. Janelle Bynum says police called as she canvassed neighborhood

State Rep. Janelle Bynum says police called as she canvassed neighborhood

"We all know that we're not in a society that is ideal", Bynum said, 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".

Bynum explained that she often takes notes on cellphone.

She praised the deputy who responded for being professional, and said she asked him if she could meet the woman who made the call, but she was not available.

"It's just freakish", Bynum said. Bynum did not know the caller's race.

The state legislator shared her experience in a Facebook post that included a photo of her with the sheriff's deputy who responded to the call.

Bynum represents House District 51, which includes the area where the 911 caller lives.

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

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"It was just freakish. she stated, '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 damn if she didn't get the cops called on her in her own district.

Bynum told The Oregonian she estimates she's knocked on more than 70,000 doors through the years in an effort to campaign; she said Tuesday's incident was the first time someone had reported her to police. She said she only had campaign flyers, her cellphone and a pen on her at the time.

There have been several other similarly banal activities viewed with a suspicious lens in recent weeks. She said she saw Bynum walking from house to house "for no apparent reason", and appeared to be wearing no identification.

That same month, black sorority girls wearing gloves and identical T-shirts bearing their group's insignia said they were reported to police while they were picking up trash on a Pennsylvania highway. A recording of police turning the men out of the branch went viral, and the company apologised for the incident and introduced training to help staff root out racial bias.

"You know, I stuck out, right, as an African American".

She added that she wanted to meet with the woman who called the police, but since she was unavailable, they spoke over the phone.

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