Outcry after woman calls police on little girl selling water

Outcry after woman calls police on little girl selling water

The most recent iteration of this trend is laid out in the viral video of a grown white woman calling the cops on an 8-year-old selling bottled water.

Ettel said she called police and asked if the water could be sold without a permit. She later said that the child's mother intends to press charges of harassment against Ettel. "They come, they shoot first and they ask questions later", Austin told "Good Morning America".

Austin says she and her daughter want to move past the incident, but she doesn't believe Ettel's apology is honest. "So I said, 'OK, call the cops.' And she did".

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".

"This woman don't wanna let a little girl sell some water", Austin can be heard saying.

In just about the only piece of good news to come out of this incident, an anonymous donor gave the girl selling water four tickets to Disneyland after being moved by the video.

Since the video went viral, Alison has deleted her social media pages.

"I want the little girl to know that it's not her fault", Ettel told the "Today" show. "When she pressed 911, I pulled my phone out of my pocket".

The woman stood back up and attempted to justify calling the police. Ettel said she's getting online death threats, stating she feels "discriminated against". "She's not screaming. The men on the street selling parking passes are louder than her".

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'That woman thought that she could use her white priviledge and it didn't work, ' Austin said.

People uncovered Ettel's identity soon after the publication of the videos, which were viewed more than 8 million times on Instagram and Twitter in just two days.

"As of today, Magnolia will no longer be carrying Treatwell Tinctures", Oakland's Magnolia Dispensary wrote in an Instagram post denouncing Ettel's actions. But that didn't stop critics from lumping her in with the dozens of white people who have sicced the police on people of color for innocuous activities.

"If it was heartfelt, then we would have gotten it over the weekend when we were still outside selling water", said Austin.

CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill chimed in: 'If you call the police on an 8 year old Black child selling water, you're saying that you don't care if that child lives or dies.

Meanwhile, the internet sleuths of Twitter dug into Ettel's past and discovered that her business, a company called TreatWell that creates cannabis products for humans and animals alike, despite the "questionable legality" of the latter, according to SF Gate.

"I'm upset she had to go through this", Austin said after the incident.

"Extremely excited because I have never gone", Jordan said.

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