Des Moines, Iowa man says he faced discrimination at recreation center

A Des Moines man says what happened to him is discrimination based on the fact he is Black.He said it started as an argument with two white females about a weight machine.”She was yelling, her friend was yelling at me. I yelled back,” said Will Smith.It led to him being asked to leave, and Smith was escorted out of the Fourmile Community Recreation Center on Des Moines’ east side.Smith says the two white females were allowed to stay.”I just felt that race had something to do with it,” Smith said.The incident happened Jan. 7.A few days later, Smith filed a complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.It ruled his case warrants further investigation.Smith, who says he will never go back, would prefer mediation over filing a lawsuit.There are some things he wants, including an apology, and financial compensation.Related:

A Des Moines man says what happened to him is discrimination based on the fact he is Black.

He said it started as an argument with two white females about a weight machine.

“She was yelling, her friend was yelling at me. I yelled back,” said Will Smith.

It led to him being asked to leave, and Smith was escorted out of the Fourmile Community Recreation Center on Des Moines’ east side.

Smith says the two white females were allowed to stay.

“I just felt that race had something to do with it,” Smith said.

The incident happened Jan. 7.

A few days later, Smith filed a complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.

It ruled his case warrants further investigation.

Smith, who says he will never go back, would prefer mediation over filing a lawsuit.

There are some things he wants, including an apology, and financial compensation.

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