*Kam Chancellor’s experience at the Redmond (Washington) Athletics Club and the 911 call placed by the gym’s employee describing him and his friends are not sitting well at all with the Seattle Seahawks safety.
Detailing the incident, Chancellor told Seattle’s 99.1 FM that the 911 to police call came as he and his friends were at the Redmond Athletics Club to get information on the gym, which shut down recently, according to ESPN, which noted Chancellor’s confession that he is looking to purchase a gym.
Although Chancellor and his friends knocked on the gym’s door, no one came out. As a result, the group decided to take pictures of the gym for future reference.
“The first thing the lady did was look at us with an evil, devil look and shooed us off,” Chancellor said.
“We were like, ‘Can we just get information? That’s all.’ We don’t want to do anything else but get information. We didn’t knock on the door anymore after that. We just waved them like, ‘Could you please come here?’ But they decided to stand 10 to 15 yards away behind a desk, saying, ‘We’re going to call the cops.’”
Upon calling 911, the gym employee referenced Chancellor and his friends with describing them as three African Americans and two white subjects
“I don’t know if they’re homeless kids. I know that there used to be a lot of heroin addicts around here,” the employee said on the call.
After hearing the racial description of the group, the 911 dispatcher specifically asked the employee, “Can I get further description on the black subjects?”
The employee’s description of Chancellor and his friends were not appreciated by the athlete, who took to Instagram and Twitter to voice his dismay with the description.
The 911 call was all I needed to hear.. Thank you Lord for the truth. Read between the lines. ?????
— Kameron (@Kam_Chancellor) March 5, 2016
“Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. According to the 911 call placed by the Redmond Athletic Club, we were identified as homeless, methamphetamine addicts. I had a photo taken of our crew after that disturbing incident and researched images of homeless meth addicts. I’m still searching for similarities. #itwas4pm #broaddaylight #businesscloseat11pm #andshewasaGM A photo posted by Kameron Chancellor (@bambamkam) on
Weighing in on the situation, the owner of the gym mentioned that the employees acted appropriately regarding what happened.
Redmond Police Department public-information coordinator Becky Range also commented on the incident as she defended the dispatcher’s handling of the employee’s call while getting into the specifics of the call.
“We completely understand why some have questions about this. Our dispatchers are trained to get as much information as possible, so they can pass on to responding officers,” said in an email to ESPN.com. “They tailor their questions based on what and how the caller is reporting. In this particular call, the dispatcher asked for descriptions of the black subjects first, because that is the order the caller reported them in. It’s hard to hear on the call, but the caller reported ‘three African-Americans, two white.’ The call then evolved, as the dispatcher needed to let them know the status of the responding officers, then ask the direction the vehicle was traveling in response to what the caller was reporting.
“With all that being said, the communications team asked for a detailed quality assurance review of this call, which supervisors completed yesterday,” Range continued. “Good, tough questions help us examine our actions, refine our training and improve our procedures. That’s a good thing.”