Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Industry | By Jeannie Evans

Woman threatened after cops called on black girl selling water

Woman threatened after cops called on black girl selling water

"So my little cousin was selling water and didn't have a permit so this lady made a decision to call the cops on an 8 year old", says a Twitter caption on the video.

The US woman who called police on an eight-year-old black girl for selling water on the sidewalk says she's received death threats since footage of the incident went viral on social media.

There was instant comparison to #BBQBecky, Jennifer Schulte, an Oakland woman who called police to report a black family having a BBQ in a park where she said no charcoal grills were permitted.

Austin told KTVU the woman walked up demanding to see her daughter's permit for selling water around 5:30 or 6:00 p.m. while they were in front of their apartment building near AT&T Park.

When she confronted the young girl's mother, Ettel told the news publication that the mother "snapped".

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. Many are comparing Ettel to a woman at Lake Merritt in Oakland who called police to report a black family who was lawfully barbecuing.

Erin Austin told "CBS This Morning" that her daughter, Jordan Rodgers, was trying to raise money for a trip to Disneyland. She left her office windows opened and was bothered by the constant screaming of "come and buy my water". She told the San Francisco Chronicle, "It was wrong, and I wish I could take it back".


"In the video caption, Austin asked people to make the woman go viral under the hashtag "#permitpatty", which sparked outrage and continued the debate over policing and racism.

Jordan herself spoke out to Good Morning America, saying the incident left her frightened.

While you could perhaps understand Alison Ettel's desire for some peace and quiet, she was probably better served by perhaps talking to the mother before bringing the police into matters. "It was completely stress-related, and I should have never confronted her", she added. "People lose it, but you don't lose it on children". Citing loud yelling, Ettel stormed to the building courtyard and demanded to see the 8-year-old's permit, before ducking behind a nearby pillar to apparently call the police. By the end of the day, the woman - later identified as Alison Ettel after speaking with Huffington Post about the incident - became known as "Permit Patty".

Austin and Rodgers said they would not accept Ettel's apology.

'I did not want to see the police because I was scared, ' she said.

Austin's cousin, Raje Lee, said on Twitter that Austin was gifted four tickets to Disneyland by a man who heard about the story, USA Today noted.

It's something she says she now deeply regrets.

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