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Woman who called cops on Black girl selling water resigns as CEO of pot company

By Joe Tacopino,

The San Francisco woman who called police on an 8-year-old girl who was selling bottled water has resigned from her position at a cannabis company amid an onslaught of criticism, the company said.

Alison Ettel, who has been dubbed “Permit Patty,” left her position as CEO of TreatWell Health after several San Francisco dispensaries refused to sell it their products, a spokesperson said Tuesday.

“This decision, while not an easy one, is in the best interest of their patients,” spokesperson Cynthia Gonzalez said in a statement.

“It is Ms. Ettel’s belief that TreatWell, its employees, and patients should not have to suffer because of a situation that occurred in an escalated moment. And she regrets her part and is remorseful.”

In a viral video, Ettel is on the phone with police claiming that the little girl, who is African-American, was “illegally selling water without a permit.”

The child’s mother, Erin Austin, posted on Instagram that “An 8-year-old selling water in front of her apartment building where she’s lived her whole life is NOT a reason to call the police.”

Ettel, who is white, claims the incident was not racially motivated.

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