A Portland, Ore. politician who called the cops over an argument with her Lyft driver despite her support for the “defund the police” movement now says she acted out of a fear of “white supremacists.”
City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty and her Lyft driver made dueling 911 calls during a Nov. 1 ride from hell, as Hardesty griped about everything from confusion over the pick-up location to the car’s windows being open, The Oregonian previously reported.
Hardesty — who caught flak for the move in light of her claiming most 911 calls aren’t for real crimes — said during a City Council meeting on Thursday that she was motivated by a fear of far-right demonstrators who have recently rallied in the City of Roses.
“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,” she 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.
“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,” Hardesty continued. “Not gonna happen.”
Amid their disagreement, the Lyft driver, Richmond Frost, tried to leave Hardesty at a gas station to wait for another driver to come, but the pol refused to get out of the car until a replacement ride got there.
The police eventually arrived — as did another Lyft driver — but no charges were filed against either party.
Hardesty — who also oversees Portland’s emergency dispatch system — has repeatedly campaigned to slash Portland’s police budget, as the city has been overwhelmed by sometimes violent clashes between far-left and far-right protesters.
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