By The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland man has filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming a TriMet bus driver violated his civil rights by refusing to let him board a bus because he is Black.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 54-year-old Willie Taylor filed the complaint Thursday.

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Taylor is asking for a federal jury trial to determine whether his rights to equal protection under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution were violated when he says a White bus driver refused to let him board a bus July 30.

Taylor says he was waiting on bus platform when the driver got on the bus, closed the door and refused to let Taylor onboard despite his pleas. The bus driver left and then stopped in the street and let a White woman board, according to Taylor’s lawsuit.

TriMet declined to comment on the case citing active litigation.


Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive,