Community rallies in Oakland after BBQ controversy

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A few dozen people were at Oakland City Hall doing exactly what the family was doing at Lake Merritt. 

They barbecued. 

Then they asked city leaders to make a change.

“I am just out here to stand up against racism that is happening right now,” said Frank Anderson of Oakland.

“Things are not as good as sometimes we would like them to. This was a reminder of that and also a reminder of historically how the police have been used to control black bodies and we want to say that there is a different culture in Oakland,” said Carroll Fife, community activist.

They’re demanding action and accountability by their neighbors and city leaders, speaking at City Council after the rally outside.

“This wasn’t an isolated incident of a white person calling the police on a black person. There’s a pattern that’s been happening all across the country,” said Nikki Fortunato Bas, who is running for City Council District 2.

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