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Black Army officer says she was “profiled” when she was denied entry to a Louisiana casino after her military ID was discredited by an employee


Deja Harrison’s driver’s license and military ID obtained by Insider. Harrison said she presented both pieces of identification to the employee on October 5. Courtesy of Deja Harrison

  • A black army officer takes legal action after a Louisiana casino employee denies him entry.

  • Deja Harrison told Insider that the Harrah’s employee in New Orleans claimed she was not the person on her valid military ID.

  • A viral video shows Harrison’s interaction with the security guard on October 5th.

For Deja Harrison, a visit to a Louisiana casino earlier this month escalated when she said an employee denied her access to the facility, saying she was not the right person on his military identity card. Today, the 23-year-old US Army second lieutenant takes legal action.

The incident happened on October 5, when Harrison and his half-brother decided to go to Harrah’s New Orleans to celebrate his birthday, as NewsNation Now reported.

When the casino’s electronic scanner failed to read her state diving license, she showed the warden her military ID to enter, Harrison told Insider on Wednesday.

“When my driver’s license wasn’t scanned … I offered them my military ID for them to look at,” Harrison said. “He immediately looked at my rank, and he said to me: ‘This ID card is fake. It is not you, and it is impossible that you have reached this rank in a short time.'”

Harrison, a recent Grambling State University graduate, said the employee’s remarks were hard to hear, especially after her efforts during the summer.

“I just ordered the summer. I came from a 38 day workout, sleepless nights, 16 hour days, walking 12 miles a day with heavy equipment, and I was just like, ‘wow , this man tells me that I did not do that ‘”, she added. “I worked so hard to be in the military and be where I am now.”

Harrison posted the encounter on Twitter

In addition to the two pieces of identification, Harrison said she showed the guard a military pay stub and her vaccination card. She started recording the confrontation and posted the October 5th exchange on Twitter.

“You said I had a fake military ID, didn’t you? Harrison said in the video.

“I’m not saying your ID card is fake. I’m saying I don’t think it’s you,” replied the security guard.

“It’s my face. I’m an E-6. Actually, I’m a second lieutenant now,” Harrison explained, showing the employee his two valid pieces of ID.

At the end of the video, the employee said he was calling the New Orleans Police Department. WDSU-TV reported that when they examined the local 911 database, it does not appear that the casino called the police during this time.

Harrison told Insider she was humiliated and scared as she hours of waiting for the police to come, but they never did.

“Honestly, because of that, I didn’t sleep,” she said.

Harrah’s New Orleans issued a lengthy statement on October 7

Harrah’s New Orleans did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment but did address the incident in public declaration last week, saying employees are checking the IDs of guests “who appear to be under the age of 30.”

“Our team members are trained to assess identification according to local regulations. In this case, Ms. Harrison, who appeared to be under 30, presented a Louisiana driver’s license that did not erase our system. electronic verification, “the statement read.

The statement continued, “When asked for another form of identification, she presented a military ID card, but the information on the ID card did not match the information she had verbally communicated to our security guards As a result, in accordance with applicable playing rules, our security guards did not allow Ms. Harrison to enter the casino.

James DeSimone, a lawyer representing Harrison, told Insider that they are filing “a civil rights case on behalf of Lieutenant Harrison and seeking justice in the courts.”

“We believe in our jury system. We believe that a jury that hears this will also be outraged at the way Harrison was treated when she arrived at Harrah’s, [and] how she had to wait two hours lest it end well when the police arrived, “DeSimone said.” We will get Lt. Harrison’s accountability through our justice system. “

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