The white woman dubbed “Permit Patty” after she was captured on video calling 911 on an 8-year-old Black girl who was selling bottled water is getting dragged once again.
Alison Ettel, who called the police on 8-year-old Jordan Rodgers for selling water without a permit appeared on the Today Show Monday. Although Rodgers was selling the water in an attempt to raise money to go to Disneyland, Ettel still felt compelled to put the child in a dangerous situation with police over a permit.
After Ettel was identified, she is doing damage control and portraying herself as the true victim. According to Ettel, race did not play a factor in her decision to call 911, instead, Ettel claimed, it was the alleged “disturbance” caused by Rodgers and her mother.
“I want the little girl to know that it’s not her fault,” Alison Ettel cried on NBC’s “Today” show.
“I want the mother to know this was nothing to do with race at all. It had everything to do with the disturbance. I was very stressed out. I definitely made comments that I never would have in any other situation, and it’s not an excuse,” she added.
Ettel went on to say that after Jordan Rodgers’ mom, Erin Austin, posted the video on her Instagram account, her life became a living hell.
“Horrible, horrible images and death threats,” Ettel tearfully said during the Today interview.
Ettel claimed the manner in which they were selling water was disturbing her while she tried to work with her window open.
“It was continuous,” Ettel said. “It was like, ‘Two dollars, cold water, two dollars,’ just nonstop for two hours. It just got pretty difficult to deal with.”
Ettel also said she declined to have authorities actually come to the scene.
“There was no point in having the police come,” Ettel said. “That wasn’t it. I just wanted them to be quiet or move to a corner. They were being disruptive. That was it. It was nothing about selling the water. It was just the disruption.”
Ettel told the Huffington Post that she didn’t actually call the police, but she was only “pretending” to make a call.
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