Woman calls cops on girl selling water in front of apartment building

Noel Cummings
June 28, 2018

A viral social media moment involving a white woman reportedly calling the cops on an 8-year-old black girl selling water bottles in San Francisco has reignited a national conversation about racially-charged use of police power and made its way to the Golden State cannabis community. "She's calling police on an 8-year-old little girl", Austin said in the video.

As you can see in the video, Ettel can be spotted calling the cops (while she ducks like a coward) about a child selling water "without a permit".

Austin says she and her daughter want to move past the incident, but she doesn't believe Ettel's apology is honest.

When the video was posted on social media Saturday, it was soon shared extensively and resulted in backlash against the woman for what many considered an overreaction.

The incident follows one in May at Lake Merritt in which a woman - dubbed "BBQ Becky" - called police to report an African American family barbecuing at the park, reported KRON. She added, "It was literally nonstop".

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Austin was recently laid off, and she says her daughter, Jordan Rodgers, was actually trying to raise money for the family and a possible trip to Disneyland. It was every two seconds, 'Come and buy my water.' It was continuous and it wasn't a soft voice.

Now that the video has gone viral, #PermitPatty is back-pedaling, telling the Huffington Post she only "pretended" to make the call and that she feels "horrible and heart-wrenched" about the incident.

Jordan herself spoke out to Good Morning America, saying the incident left her frightened. The ruckus had reached her through her open office window above the sidewalk.

This morning, Ettel went on NBC's Today Show to share her side of the story.

"She came out and walked directly up to my daughter and asked to see the permit", Austin told CNN.

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Austin wrote on Instagram that a woman called the police on her daughter for selling water outside their apartment.

Meanwhile, the mother of the eight-year-old girl has promised to press charges against Ettel for harassment.

"Now I'm starting to think she did it on objective", Jordan said, "because I think she doesn't care about people's skin colors, because she doesn't care about people's lives except for hers".

In one television interview, the eight-year-old girl, identified as Jordan, said: "I did not want to see the police, because I was scared". She told the Chronicle that she's received death threats and sexually violent messages, and that people have tried to get into her building to confront her. She said when police asked her if she needed them on the scene, she declined their offer. "Just the fact that she called the police on a child, that's evil, but to call on a child of color, knowing that people have been killing black kids".

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