Jo Ann Hardesty was seriously grilled for calling in officers after beforehand stating that most 911 calls are useless, and her being one of the city's main supporters of an $18million cut to the police department.
Yet during a city council conference on Thursday, Hardesty described the occurrence as "another example of being black in America".
She said that she was put in a place where she had "to be the one to look out for my personal safety".
The entanglement with the Lyft driver, Richmond Frost, occurred on November 1 when Hardesty was supposedly annoyed after he refused to roll the windows up, notwithstanding it being a suggested policy from the company to keep them down because of the coronavirus.
It comes after trouble over a mix-up about where she was being picked up, all ending in the driver canceling the ride and leaving Hardesty at a gas station saying she could find another car.
Hardesty declined to leave the car and called the cops, telling them that she would not go until the driver had found her another ride.
Frost also made a 911 call and officers were required to arrive at the gas station shortly before 10pm, in spite of the fact that Hardesty has argued that many 911 calls are unnecessary and a police response often not needed, according to the Portland Tribune.
The commissioner took another car home with half an hour of her first ride being dropped.
"This is another example of being black in America and being put in a position where I have to be the one to look out for my personal safety," Hardesty claimed during Thursday's meeting, as she discussed the media attention the incident had drawn. What is she talking about? She was the one who did not follow the rules. He did not threaten her. If you don't comply with the rules, you will be dropped off the car, and that is the driver's decision to make.
"When you're living in a city where white supremacists are proudly riding around in their big trucks with their flags and you're a black person and somebody wants to put [you] on the side of the road at night. Not gonna happen."
Andy Ngo, an editor for The Post Millennial, described the matter perfectly on his Twitter account:"This week we found out the Portland city council member pushing to defund police abused police emergency services over a dispute about an open window. But @JoAnnPDX's hypocrisy is just the tip of the iceberg in Portland's disfunction."