Someone called the cops on Oregon state representative Janelle Bynum while she was campaigning.
“I think, for me, it really could’ve been dangerous for something I think could’ve been solved if somebody had just said, ‘Hey whatcha doing out there?’”
Bynum was campaigning door-to-door when a deputy pulled up. She said the officer told her a neighbor called the police after seeing her knock on doors. She said she was taking notes on her phone after talking with her constituents.
“I said ‘Did somebody call the police on me?’ And he said, ‘Yeah.’” she explained. “I said, ‘What-what was it?’ It was, you know, I was spending a long amount of time after knocking on each individual door you know, typing something into my cell phone like I was casing out the neighborhood to come back later and steal some stuff.”
After the deputy got the women on the phone, she apologized to Bynum. She said the responding officer was courteous and even agreed to take a selfie with her. She estimates that she’s knocked on close to 70,000 doors and this was the first time someone called the police on her. But she hopes to go back to the neighborhood and speak with the caller in person one day.