charcoal barbecue on sale Oakland locals host massive party where woman called police on black men's barbecue
The Oakland locals laughed at the end, and a white woman called the police for two black men using charcoal barbecues on Lake Merritt.On Thursday, after a viral rebound in the woman's behavior, dozens of people flocked to the site of the incident to hold large cooking and dance parties.Residents flock to the park for cooking, music, dancing and skipping.At the end of April, an unidentified woman called the police because she said "it is illegal to have a charcoal grill in the park here."Michelle Snyder, white, recorded the encounter.Snyder accused the woman of calling the police for the men's race."I started ...Snyder told SFGATE last week, "call her."If you 've been here for so long, is it really because of charcoal and the police, or is it because you don't want two black people to have a barbecue?...I just can't see the reason for any threat."Related: The video shows a woman calling the police when her husband on Lake meritznide, Kenzi Smith tolkron, barbecues, saying they have been barbecuing at this place for decades.(Snider and her party are grilling at a designated barbecue location, but it happens to be in a non-onlyCharcoal Grill.Nevertheless, the Oakland residents and city leaders say there are other ways to deal with this disagreement, not the armed police.A woman called 911 and said there was a thief in her neighbor's house.They are black guests of Airbnb.Neighbors across Lake Merritt used to complain that the barbecue would smoke on the upper floors of their home, as seen on the Sat.Oakland, California, May 30, 2015.Regular patrols at the Oakland Police Department over the weekend reduced the use of barbecues.Less neighbors across Lake Merritt Street have complained in the past that barbecues would smoke on the upper floors of their home, as seen on the Sat.Oakland, California, May 30, 2015.Regular patrols at the Oakland Police Department over the weekend reduced the use of barbecues."I think all of us have a responsibility, and when we call the police, it's for urgent purposes," said Oakland city councillor Lynette Gibson McElhaney on the Hill ."."I want to encourage people to know when to call the police and when to ask the City Council questions about regulations, and maybe there is a passive way to contact us."Alyssa Pereira is a staff writer for SFGATE.Email her at apereira @ sfchronicle.Or find her on @ alyspereira's Twitter.