Black Man Sues Portland Club Over Claims of Racial Profiling

Nicole Rojas
Aug 26, 2019 - 9:00
Black Man Sues Portland Club Over Claims of Racial Profiling

A Black man in Oregon filed a $500,000 lawsuit against the owner of a Pearl District bar in Portland after he was allegedly barred from entering the establishment for wearing “too many” chain necklaces. Ray Lamont Peterson claimed the club used his attire as a means to keep the club’s patronship predominantly white. The 34-year-old said he went to Splash Bar, also known as Splash Ultra Lounge, for a friend’s birthday party in August 2018.

When he attempted to enter, Peterson was told by security he could not enter because his necklaces violated the dress code. Security reportedly failed to provide Peterson with the dress code requirements upon request. A photo provided by Peterson’s attorney to

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