Kaplan statement on respect, and BBQ-ing while Black at Lake Merritt | | Kaplan for Oakland

Recently, throughout the nation, there have been a variety of incidents which received media attention, in which African Americans have been subjected to police intervention, while engaged in ordinary every day activities. In most of these cases, it has turned out that White people called the police, and asked them to intervene, when seeing Black people doing things like checking out of an Airbnb, or napping on a dormitory couch, or meeting a colleague at a coffee shop. Recently, this took place in Oakland, when police were called to respond to African Americans having a BBQ by Lake Merritt.

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