A second lieutenant in the Black Army claimed she was discriminated against at a New Orleans Casino after an employee denied her entry, claiming that she wasn’t the person she was pictured in her military photo.
Deja Hariri documented part of the encounter via a video that she posted to her Twitter account.
“But, you said that I had a fake military identification. Harrison is seen holding up two ID cards in the video.
” I’m not saying that the ID’s are fake, but I am saying that I don’t believe that it’s you,” Harrison replies. The reason for the confrontation between Harrison, the employee and Harrison is not known.
Harrison brings the IDs closer towards the camera, and claims that her face is in the photos. She also mentions that she was E-6 in the Army and has recently become a second lieutenant.
” You don’t believe I’m a 2L. What’s the problem? She says, “I’m showing my ID.” “This is my photo. This is a valid military ID. This is valid for driving. They are all valid. “
The employee informs Harrison that he will call “NOPD” so she can explain the situation. This refers to the New Orleans Police Department.
It is unclear if the white employee called the police on Harrison who is Black. The department didn’t immediately respond to a Wednesday request for comment.
Since posting the video last week, it has been viewed more than 290,000 times as of Wednesday afternoon. Harrison stated in the caption that she feels discriminated against as a high-ranking 23 black female soldier in the Army. “
Harrison told NBC affiliate WDSU of New Orleans that she was at Harrah’s New Orleans to celebrate her step-brother’s 21st birthday. She claimed that she initially had pulled out her driver’s licence, but the machine used to scan IDs at the casino wouldn’t allow her to scan it. The employee asked her about the validity of her military ID, which she said she had instead grabbed.
Harrison stated that she enlisted in Army while in high school. She was also in the JROTC for all four years. Her rank was E-2 when she graduated from high school and joined the Army. Harrison explained that her rank quickly rose to E-3 and she contracted ROTC while she was enrolled at Grambling State University, Louisiana.
She said that she was commissioned as a second lieutenant after she graduated from college in July.
” I have to stick with facts,” Harrison stated about the reasons she recorded the video. Harrison said, “I couldn’t leave anything out. It was my responsibility to ensure everyone was aware of the current situation. You don’t know what happens if there is no record. There is no evidence. … But I wanted everyone to know that this is what I am going through at Harrah’s. “
The casino released a statement on Twitter: “To comply with gaming regulations, Harrah’s New Orleans checks IDs for our guests who appear to be under 30 years old. We use an approved electronic reader similar to the one you’d find at a TSA airport checkpoint. “
“Our team members are trained to assess identification according to local regulations. In this instance, Ms. Harrison presented a Louisiana driver’s license which did not pass our electronic verification system. She presented a military ID card as an alternative to the one she provided. However, the information on her military ID card was not compatible with the information she had communicated verbally to our security personnel. “
Harrah’s stated that Harrison was denied entry to the casino because of this and other gaming regulations.
“Caesars Entertainment is committed to diversity and our military. “We are deeply saddened by the situation and will continue to review our processes to ensure we uphold both our commitments to our guests as well as our regulators,” Harrah’s stated. “We have reached out to Ms. Harrison, who let us know she will be retaining legal counsel; as such, we will have no further comment.”
Harrison responded to the casino’s claims, telling News Nation Now that she had told the employee that she was a second lieutenant in the Army, but her military ID still says E-6. The station was informed by Harrison that she had recently been promoted to second lieutenant in the Army and that her ID hadn’t yet been updated.
Jim DeSimone was an attorney for Harrison and said that they were ready to file a civil lawsuit in her name.