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This weekend, a white woman in San Francisco was filmed calling the police on an 8-year-old girl for selling water outside of her home. The child’s mother recorded the incident and posted it to social media on Saturday.
“Make this bitch go viral like #bbqbecky she’s #permitpatty,” the mother, who uses the Instagram handle @ladyesowavy, wrote in the caption. “[W]ould you rather my daughter be out here getting into shit Fr cuz an 8-year-old selling water in front of her apartment building where she’s lived her whole life is NOT a reason to call the Police.”
As you can see in the video below, the white woman, who was later identified as Alison Ettel, attempts to hide from the camera while she holds a phone to her ear. The mother can be heard saying: “The whole world is gonna see you, boo.” Ettel then stood up from her hiding spot and accused the child of “illegally selling water without a permit.”
Conducting fire department inspections while black ...
A black California firefighter, who was in full uniform and trying to do his job in the Oakland Hills section, was instead harassed by residents and had the police called on him as he tried to conduct safety inspections, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
Even with a bright red fire truck parked nearby, it wasn’t enough proof that firefighter Kevin Moore was legit as he worked checking for debris that could contribute to a fire as racists instead took issue with his very presence.
“It’s extremely unfortunate,” said fire Capt. Damon Covington, president of the Oakland Black Firefighters Association.
“From the outside, it certainly appears to be unfair and unwarranted. The fire service is a microcosm of the world. Racism exists in the world, and it exists in Oakland and everywhere else.”
It’s become commonplace for white people to confront unassuming black people and call the police on them. Even when they are working, black people are scrutinized. Recently a white woman called the police on a black realtor who visited a home he had a contract on. And the case of the two black men who had the police called on them by a white Starbucks manager and arrested while waiting on a business associate created a national outcry and forced the retail chain to reassess their dealings with customers and create new policies and procedures.
In this case, it’s routine for Oakland firefighters to check for hanging tree branches, and other hazards that could contribute to a fire. It called vegetation-management inspections. Moore was wearing his full uniform and was equipped with his radio and clipboard.
“I try to put myself in other people’s shoes, like if I see someone in my yard, I’d ask what they’re doing,” Moore said. “That’s why I always call out, ‘Hello! Hello! Oakland Fire Department!’ Because I want to be heard. I just don’t want somebody to look out their window and see somebody in their backyard. I’m not trying to be incognito.”
His colleague, firefighter Megan Bryan, an acting officer, said 911 contacted her to verify the situation.
“I knew that he (Moore) was the one on that street,” Bryan said.
Bryan, a white woman, admits that she’s never had the police called on her for doing her job.
Moore said he approached one home and the resident was in his face videotaping him.
“He kind of startled me,” Moore said. “He says, ‘Well, what are you doing here?’ I say, ‘We’re here doing our annual vegetation inspection.’ Then he asks for ID. I say no problem. He takes a picture of my ID and says I need to get a different one. I’ve had that ID for years. It’s kind of dark, and I’m more of a dark-skinned black guy, but you can still see me.”
Moore said he suggested that the resident look at “a big red fire engine is right there.”
Then a resident emailed Vince Crudele, who supervises the inspection program, some security video showing Moore’s face and he canvassed the area and rang doorbells to notify residents of his presence.
Didn't BBQ Becky do her thing in Oakland too? Maybe we've found her home.
I'll admit I'd get interested if an unknown person was walking around in my back yard. But he did everything right.
BBQ Becky was Oakland. Permit Patty was across the bay in San Francisco. Certainly understandable to wonder what's up if someone is walking around in your back yard. But as the article stated ... the full fireman gear and the big red fire truck parked outside would give any well-intentioned person plenty of reason for pause before calling the police. :err
Cutting grass while black. At least this one ended well.
A boy in Maple Heights is running his own business this summer cutting lawns and cleaning up yards.
Reginald Fields, 12, is the owner of Mr. Reggie's Lawn Cutting Service. With several helping hands from his cousins, brothers and sisters, they are up with the sun every day working the neighborhood.
That's what they were doing when someone called Maple Heights police on them.
"They said I was cutting their grass. I didn't know it!" Reggie said.
His customer, Lucille Holt, said she was confused when she saw police, but quickly learned the neighbors called to complain that the group cut a section of their property (about a foot where the two properties butt together) and were in their yard.
"They said the kids cut their grass," Holt explained.
Reggie Fields said the police said nothing to him and the kids. He finished the job and felt a little discouraged.
"I was like, that's a shame. I didn't know," Reggie said.
But that didn't last long.
Lucille Holt created a Facebook post about what happened and ended up with thousands of views and hundreds of shares.
"I guess I have a line where part of it is now my yard. They called the police to tell the police that the kids was cutting they grass," Holt said in the video.
Now, Mr. Reggie is getting a lot of support for his new business from people who see the video and want to make sure he's never discouraged again.
"People are inboxing me like, 'how can I get in touch with this children? Where are they at? I got property I want these kids to cut,'" Holt said.
Reggie, his siblings and his cousins are getting calls from all over the city now.
Reggie said he's trying to save the money he earns to buy new equipment and grow his business.
"Just give me a call. I will be there. On time!" He said.
As for the neighbor who called police, they called News 5 to say they saw the Facebook video, but didn't want to go on camera.
Ramon Hernandez has been sitting in a fold-up chair on his Harlem block every summer for decades. One recent evening, the 105-year-old had an evening dominoes game going with a couple of his neighbors as music played out of a nearby parked car. It’s a tradition in the historically Latino neighborhood that has been largely undisturbed for decades.
That is until “the cops started coming about two years ago,” said Edward Tineo, 42, one of the guys who plays dominoes with Hernandez.
The increased police presence “makes me feel bad. I’ve been living here for more than 40 years,” said Hernandez through his granddaughter, who translated for him. He likes to sit outside to “get some fresh air.”
A BuzzFeed News data analysis shows there has been a dramatic increase in 311 quality-of-life complaints on the block starting in 2015, the majority about noise. The uptick coincides with the neighborhood’s gentrification, with more white people moving in, and homes getting more expensive. And while not every 311 call results in a visit from the cops, officers from the local precinct do respond when they’re not handling emergencies.
None of the interactions between police and residents on this Harlem block, on West 136th Street between Broadway and Riverside Drive, have gone viral like #PermitPatty, who called police because a nonwhite girl was “illegally selling water.” Or the black woman detained in California for not smiling at a white neighbor. Or the white woman who called police because black people were having a barbecue. Or the black firefighter who had the cops called on him while doing routine safety inspections in an upscale neighborhood.
But they do have something in common. These viral incidents, on a national scale, and what’s happening locally on 136th Street show how people are quick to call authorities for harmless behavior by minorities. The resulting interactions can result in anything from a calm exchange to potential arrests.
These types of incidents — which have been going on for ages — are today exacerbated by how polarized people have become, especially as the president whips up racial tensions and many people tend to consume media that reinforces their own worldview.
A recent issue in our neighborhood involved noise, music too loud, all the time (not just the occasional party). I might imagine it has something to do with that, not the nice old gents playing dominoes.
Despite having ample evidence that Jesus will work it out, a Catholic priest halted a homegoing service in Maryland to have a black family removed from the church. The servant of God even kicked the dead body out of the funeral, proving once again, there is no sanctuary when it comes to racism.
Aside from the fact that she was no longer alive, the Charlotte Hall, Md. mass for Agnes Hicks was going along perfectly fine on Tuesday until an attendee of the funeral went in for a hug and accidentally knocked over a chalice at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, angering pastor Michael Briese.
“There will be no funeral, no repast, everyone get the hell out of my church,” Briese reportedly told the family. According to Fox 5, Briese then kicked the family out of the place of worship, telling them to remove the body of the woman who wished to be laid to rest in the church where she was baptized.
But Briese wasn’t done. Yea, though he walked through the valley of the shadow of death, the priest feared no evil, but he was a little bit scared of black people. Instead of getting Jesus on the main line, Briese decided to call his Lord and Savior from whom all white things flow: the police.
After the police responded to the call, the officers determined that the family had done nothing wrong and escorted the family to another church in a nearby county where they finished the service.
Following the incident, the Archdiocese of Washington issued a statement saying: “What occurred at St. Mary’s Parish this morning does not reflect the Catholic Church’s fundamental calling to respect and uplift the God-given dignity of every person nor does that incident represent the pastoral approach the priests of the Archdiocese of Washington commit to undertake every day in their ministry.”
Church officials said they are still investigating the incident. I haven’t checked the archives, but I’m sure the Catholic church has a spotless record of handling priest wrongdoing. An organization of this size wouldn’t have millions of followers if the church had a history of dismissing traumatic events. If you Googled “Catholic priest scandal” or “Catholic church cover-up,” I bet you wouldn’t get any results.
Although the family says they are still upset by the event, I’m sure they’ll be ok.
She was already elected, though. She was out working for her second term.
You're right, better wasn't the right term, perhaps funnier. She did note that she's done a lot of canvassing in the past and this is the only time it's happened. I'm more impressed the cop let her talk to the person who called it in.
Yes, this is yet another story of a sorry white person calling the police on a black person for something trivial —his moniker? “Coupon Carl”—but it’s also a cautionary tale of the blowback of such actions; or, as my mama says, “When you point a finger, there are three pointing back at you.”
Morry Matson, a white Chicago CVS manager who called the police on a black woman who tried to use a manufacturer’s coupon at the pharmacy (yes, you read that correctly), was captured on video in the absurd interaction.
The woman, Camilla Hudson, told Block Club Chicago that she initially tried to use the self-checkout, but it lacked a mechanism for taking coupons. It reports:
Originally Posted by Block Club Chicago
The store’s manager, Matson, offered to assist her on a register, but the situation escalated when he called for another manager, she said. That manager, whose name was not known, told Hudson they couldn’t accept the voucher because he’d never seen one like it before and accused her of possibly handwriting it, she said.
The situation escalated as Hudson was rightfully offended at being called a liar and a thief. She was asked to leave but stood her ground as Matson then called police.
A screenshot of the Facebook post telling of her side of the story (taken down by the social media platform) is below:
Here is the copy of the coupon:
The scalding hot tea, though, is that Matson himself has a history of deceit —ironically for transgressions similar to bringing a bogus coupon into a CVS.
In 2016, DNA Info Chicago (now in archives), reported that “A vote on extending the lakefront path from Edgewater to Rogers Park was yanked from the November ballot after city officials ruled that five pages of signatures on the petitions calling for the vote were forged.”
Guess who the forger was?
Yep, old Coupon Carl (aka Morry Matson).
Raw Story reports that Morry was leading an effort to build an expensive waterfront bike path to a beach near his own home, saying that improving the beachfront would not mean that there would be an influx of “people from the South Side” (and we know who he means).
Yet apparently, an opponent of the bike path discovered that in at least five of the 13 pages of his ballot measure contained signatures written by Matson himself.
“I laughed out loud on the bus,” said Anne Sullivan, who actually read the signatures on the way home from the Chicago Board of Elections, to DNA Info. “I said are you kidding me? You just submitted this without even thinking anybody would look at it?”
DNA Info reports:
Originally Posted by DNA Info
The City of Chicago’s Board of Election Commissioners and its handwriting expert agreed with several of Sullivan’s complaints after reviewing the pages — primarily that five of at least 13 sheets of signatures, save for two names, were written in Matson’s own handwriting and listed addresses for some of those signatures that weren’t homes.
Matson admitted he had signed some of the signatures himself.
For example, Matson said friends and co-workers at the Ridge and Broadway Walgreen’s where he works allowed him to sign the petition on their behalf, and he listed the address of Walgreens as the addresses of their homes.
Sullivan said other signatures and places of residents included Clark Street restaurants, urgent care centers and firefighters who worked, but didn’t live, in the neighborhood.
Petitioners are allowed 90 days to collect signatures, but Matson told DNAinfo he had been gathering names for more than a year and three months.
By law, that’s not allowed.
The board of elections found that “there was a pattern of fraud, false swearing and total disregard of the requirements of the election code” and threw out the measure.
But when a black woman brings a manufacturer’s coupon into his store, she has the cops called on her.
“You’re calling me a liar, you’re calling me a thief, you’re calling me a forger,” said Hudson of the incident. “It’s not that they didn’t take the coupon or refused to take the coupon, it’s how he did it. He was nasty, he was unprofessional, he was dismissive, he was accusatory—his entire tone and demeanor was offensive and problematic.”
The “forger” part is the most ironic.
Hudson said in her post that there were three officers who showed up in response to Matson’s call and she spoke with them before leaving the store.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Matson is now running for 48th Ward alderman and one of his campaign promises is “increased police presence throughout Alderman Matson’s 48th Ward.”
According to his website, he was a state delegate for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election and is president of the Log Cabin Republicans of Illinois, a group advocating for LGBTQ conservatives.
For their part, CVS has apologized for the incident, according to Block Club Chicago:
Originally Posted by CVS
We sincerely apologize to Ms. Hudson for her experience in one of our stores,” CVS said in a statement issued to Block Club Chicago. “Our Region Director in Chicago contacted Ms. Hudson as soon as we were made aware of this incident. CVS has begun an investigation and we will take any corrective action that is warranted to prevent it from happening again.
CVS Pharmacy does not tolerate any practices that discriminate against any customer and we are committed to maintaining a welcoming and diverse environment in our stores,” the statement continued. “We have firm non-discrimination policies in place to help ensure that all customers are treated with respect and dignity. Profiling or any other type of discriminatory behavior is strictly prohibited.
I think Coupon Carl needs a job where he doesn’t interact with the public, don’t you?
The coupon has a barcode. Why not scan it, see if it's in the system?
Forgery would be difficult I think. You could use a laser printer, yes. But where do you get blank newspaper sheets? I don't recall seeing those in Staples. And such thin paper is likely to jam in a laser printer.
The coupon has a barcode. Why not scan it, see if it's in the system?
Forgery would be difficult I think. You could use a laser printer, yes. But where do you get blank newspaper sheets? I don't recall seeing those in Staples. And such thin paper is likely to jam in a laser printer.
The paper you can get from an art supply store or Amazon. It is a lot more prone to jamming, but not so much it’s hopeless.
Not a coupon forger, but I’ve made prop newspapers.
It was the kind of shop that fits right into the San Francisco landscape: Gourmonade, a small, high-end lemonade shop which recently opened in San Francisco’s Mission District. But the shop’s black owner, Vicktor Stevenson, says he’s been dogged by racist acts against him and the shop even before he opened. The worst of these happened on July 12, when just days after officially opening the shop, a neighbor called the cops on him, accusing him of breaking into his own store.
Stevenson opened up about his experiences in a new AJ plus interview, which went viral this past weekend. In it, Stevenson details an incident where four cops responded to a call alleging he was breaking into his own store.
“I’m standing here at my store, trying to make sure my security system is up and running properly, and next thing I know, four cops hop out of cars on me,” Stevenson said. “Come to find out, somebody in the neighborhood called and said that I was breaking into my own business.”
“I didn’t see the other two officers behind me, but the one in front of me had his hand on his gun,” he added.
In a separate interview with KCBS, Stevenson said his survival instincts—honed through many other encounters with police—kicked in.
When an officer asked him to take his hand out of his pocket, Stevenson said he extended his arm “all the way out like an eagle, and I dropped it to exaggerate, ‘there’s no threat here.’ Nothing to worry about.”
He was also asked by police if he could prove the shop was his, which he did by showing them the keys to the shop and opening and closing the doors.
Stevenson’s lemonade shop was hit with a more explicit example of racism earlier this year. The budding entrepreneur—Gourmonade is his first business—told AJ Plus that three months ago, someone tagged the side of his store with the phrase, “monkey juice.”
Still, the encounter with the cops left Stevenson, who is the father of a young child, shaken over what could have gone wrong.
“My son is 9-months old and he knew something was wrong with daddy, and he would not let me go,” Stevenson said, choking up. “He would not let me go all night.”
That night, with their child laying in between them, Stevenson had to comfort his wife, who woke up crying and screaming from nightmares, he says.
“This isn’t anything new for me, but it’s new for me as a father and as a husband,” he said. “I don’t think my family or any other family should have to go through this for no reason.”
Calling the cops on black people for no reason isn’t a new phenomenon—but several high profile incidents this summer have brought heightened attention to all the mundane, banal activities that seem to be deemed suspicious once a black person does them (See: napping, delivering newspapers, swimming, moving into a home, swimming, using coupons, and, oh yeah, swimming.)
That this happened in San Francisco is particularly notable. Considered a liberal enclave, the city (and the surrounding Bay Area) has grappled with gentrification for years. While the city has just elected its first black female mayor, London Breed, San Francisco has also seen its black population plummet as housing prices have surged over the last several decades. One 2016 New York Times article noted that San Francisco’s black middle class had all but disappeared.
Stevenson echoed the calls of many others who want stricter punishments for people who call the cops on black people and people of color for innocuous reasons.
“People die because of this kinda misuse of police resources and racial profiling every day,” he wrote in a Facebook post (h/t Raw story). “It’s a criminal act and should be treated as such.”
You'd think the cops would get tired of this by now. How many people, of any color, break into boutique lemonade stores? Can't be for the money. Maybe to steal sugar for the much-sought-after sugar high?
An elderly Florida woman has filed a lawsuit accusing Wells Fargo of discrimination after bank employees called the police on her for simply trying to cash a check.
According to the Miami New Times, Barbara Carroll, a 78-year-old black woman who holds a Ph.D., attempted to cash a check in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on November 28, 2017. Carrol says she provided her driver’s license and a passport to a teller at the Victoria Park branch, an upscale neighborhood.
The teller, a white woman, took the identification and told Carroll to have a seat in the bank’s lobby because there was a problem. After Carroll waited for approximately 30 minutes, she asked to see a manager, who unsurprisingly also turned out to be a white woman.
The manager, according to Carroll, asked her what she did for money, refused to cash the check and wouldn’t return Carroll’s identification, informing Carroll that she had called cops. Carroll sat down and waited for the police to arrive, but when they took to long, she decided to call 911 herself.
When the cops arrived almost 2 hours after Carroll first arrived at the bank, the officers checked her ID and informed the bank employees that the license was, in fact, valid. The National Bank of Becky finally cashed the check without even offering an apology and Carroll left angry and humiliated.
“I felt very embarrassed. I felt belittled. I can’t tell you the emotions I felt,” said Carroll, a former bank teller and probation officer. “Things that we — and we being black people — things that we feel are sometimes brushed over, like, ‘Oh, she was just doing her job,’”
Carroll refused to let the slight go by unnoticed. She called Wells Fargo’s corporate office but they gave her some Caucasian nonsense about training (I’ll bet an unendorsed Wells Fargo cashiers check that it was a white woman). So Barbara Carroll hired a lawyer and filed a complaint against the financial institution.
And the most incredible part of this story is the outrageous amount on the check that Amber and Sarah refused to cash because somehow they believed the 78-year-old woman was pulling the most ingenious bank heist ever. How much was Barbara Carroll’s check that prompted a call to the police for suspected bank fraud?
Eating lunch while black at Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, and Gloria Steinem's alma mater....
Smith College is investigating after police were called to investigate a black student who was eating her lunch in a common room.
“This shouldn’t happen to anyone at all,” Oumou Kanoute said crying.
Kanoute is a rising sophomore at Smith College. She works at a summer program teaching chemistry to high schoolers for Smith’s STEM program and was reading in the dining hall of the Tyler House dorm Tuesday.
“Next thing you know, I see the cop walk in with a Smith employee whom I’ve never seen before and the man asked me, ‘we were wondering why you’re here?’” Kanoute said.
She says police told her an employee had called about a suspicious black man. She recorded video with her phone, adding her own text on Instagram, with a post that’s prompted outrage from supporters.
“No student of color should have to explain why they belong at prestigious white institutions,” she wrote. “I worked my hardest to get into Smith, and I deserve to feel safe on my campus.”
She added: “All I did was be black.”
“It just still upsets me to just talk about it because I don’t even feel safe on my own campus and I’m away from home. I’m the first in my family to go to college. I’m doing this not only for me but for my family, for my ancestors,” Kanoute told WBZ-TV
Smith’s president sent a statement apologizing and assuring the student, “That she belongs in all Smith spaces. This painful incident reminds us of the ongoing legacy of racism and bias in which people of color are targeted while simply going about the business of their daily lives…building an inclusive, diverse and sustainable community is urgent and ongoing work.”
Kanoute appreciates the apology but wants more.
“I want the identity of the caller released,” she says. “I want a public apology from that caller and I want them fired from the school.”
Smith’s administration says privacy laws prevent them from releasing the name, so Kanoute has turned to social media with a plea for help.
“I tried to like shake it off. I didn’t even want to speak up and speak out because I know not everyone’s going to agree with what you need to say. Not everyone’s going to listen to you,” Kanoute says. “I’m just so upset.”
Dribbling a basketball while black. You just can't make this sh*t up.
A Florida mother thought she was doing the right thing by allowing her son to play basketball in a local police athletic league but after her 11-year-old son wound up in handcuffs she’s rethinking the decision.
Bunmi Borisade said her son was bouncing a basketball last week when a police officer tried to scare her son straight by putting him in handcuffs for refusing to stop dribbling, according to News4Jax.
To add insult to injury, the Jacksonville mom said she and her son had just finished attending a JaxPAL game, which is the city’s Police Athletic League, which sponsors a youth basketball league.
“A little girl came up to me and said, ‘Hey, excuse me. Your son is being arrested for dribbling a basketball.’ I said, ‘You can’t be serious,’” Borisade said.
But one callous cop placed Borisade’s 11-year-old honor roll student Fatayi Jomohin handcuffs because the boy wouldn’t adhere to his command to stop bouncing the basketball.
Shocked, she approached the policer officer to ask why he handcuffed her son. Borisade said the cop claimed her kid was being disrespectful for refusing to refrain from bouncing the ball. Still Borisade said it was no reason to make her child feel like a criminal.
“The officer who handcuffed my son looked at me and said, ‘He was being disrespectful,’” Borisade said. “I said, ‘Well, why didn’t you come and tell me? I’m his mom.’”
Borisade has taken the issue up with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Borisade filed a complaint which is under review by the Internal Affairs department.
Ironically the mission of PAL is reportedly to create “positive relationships between law enforcement officers and the youth of our community through educational, athletic and leadership programs,” but this incident fell short of that mission.
Borisade said the incident left her son afraid of police.
So was he dribbling on the sidelines while a game was going on? I'm not sure I get it.
I will say it's a perfect illustration of police needlessly escalating the situation. Handcuffing the kid? He didn't have any other options? Back in the old days the cops would just confiscate the ball. The real assholes wouldn't give it back afterwards.