Commissioner Hardesty: Safety concern prompted Lyft ride 911 call

Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, who oversees the 911 system in Portland, described her Nov. 1 911 call to the Portland Tribune. It was about safety, especially as a Black woman next to the highway at 10pm in Ridgefield, Washington, she said.

Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, who heads Portland's 911 system, found herself in a distinctly uncomfortable situation on Nov. 1: calling 911 on her Lyft driver, even as he threatened to call 911 on her.

Hardesty has pushed to cut the police budget noting that many 911 calls are unnecessary, and police response often not needed.