Posted on November 17, 2020

Portland Politician Who Called 911 over Lyft Spat Blames ‘White Supremacists’

Aaron Feis, New York Post, November 15, 2020

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. {snip}