A Lawmaker Had The Cops Called On Her While Knocking On Doors. She Wasn't Deterred.

"I hope everyone gets a good look at my face, because I'm coming to your door."

State Rep. Janelle Bynum, said a Clackamas County sheriff's deputy handled a "bizarre" 911 call with grace and ease. She also said that it won't keep her from canvassing in the future.

Bynum, is running for re-election this November, and was out campaigning in her district when a neighbor called the police on her for suspicious behavior. The neighbor reported that she spent a long time in the neighborhood, and appeared to be using her phone to call people. 

When the officer approached her,  it surprised Bynum, 43. "I don't believe this,"  she told The Oregonian.

Bynum, introduced herself to the officer as a state legislator, and told him she was knocking on doors to meet with constituents and taking notes on her phone. She posted the incident to her Facebook page. 


"Live from the mean streets of Clackamas!!! Big shout out to Officer Campbell, who responded professionally to someone who said that I was going door to door and spending a lot of time typing on my cell phone after each house—- aka canvassing," Bynum wrote on Facebook. 

"It was just bizarre," Bynum told The Oregonian of the situation."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 at the end of the day, it's important for people to feel like they can talk to each other to help minimize misunderstandings."

Bynum has represented  House District 51 since 2016, and estimates that she has knocked on nearly 70,000 doors, and never had the police called on her. Bynum, asked the officer, who she only knew by his last name, Campell, if he could call the lady, so the two could speak. 

She said Campell was "courteous and professional" during their interaction, and that he even agreed to take a picture with her. 

She said the lady apologized over the phone for the misunderstanding, but would not confirm her address. 

"We all know that we're not in a society that is perfect, 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," she told The Oregonian. "I hope everyone gets a good look at my face, because I'm coming to your door," she said.


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