A white woman called the cops to stop a few black folks enjoying a BBQ. “I hear you have a problem with these gentlemen having a barbecue here at the lake. What’s going on?” Michelle asked while recording the lady. She responded that it was a non-charcoal grilling area, “It causes extra money from our city to do things when children get injured because of improperly disposed of coals.” Lake Merritt has six designated barbecue zones ― three that permit charcoal grills and three that don’t. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the unidentified woman was actually correct. But it’s her attitude and the way she handled the situation that people are debating over the internet.
“I think it is really incumbent on all of us that when we call [the] police, it is for emergency purposes,” Oakland City Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney said. “I want to encourage people to know when to call the police when to raise a question of regulations with the city council, maybe there is a passive way to reach out to us.”
McElhaney claimed she is not aware of any reports of children being injured by discarded coal, but Dana Riley, a spokeswoman for Oakland’s parks department, told HuffPost that the last time they received a report of a child being burned by discarded coal at the lake was in 2015.
Eventually, Oakland police did arrive at the scene. The officers took a report, both parties claiming they were being harassed. No citations were given and no arrests were made. The group was allowed to continue the barbeque.
And the memes begin: