Oakland Residents Protest the ‘Over-Policing’ of African-Americans


File image of Oakland City Hall.

Protesters gathered outside City Hall Thursday to grill Oakland City Council over what they say is the over-policing of African-Americans in the East Bay.

This comes two weeks after the video of a woman being confronted for calling 911 to report an African-American family barbecuing at Oakland’s Lake Merrit went viral.

The woman, who has not been identified, says she called the police to report an African-American man who was using a charcoal grill in an area where they are not allowed.

“They enacted rules for a reason and they should be followed,” she said in the video.

Ultimately, police arrive and the woman told the officer she was being harassed.

“Think before you call police,” Councilmember Abel Guillen — whose district includes a part of Lake Merritt —…

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