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US San Francisco Board of Supervisors votes on 'CAREN Act,' making racially biased 911 calls illegal

08:10  21 october  2020
08:10  21 october  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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It may soon be illegal to make discriminatory, racially biased 911 calls in San Francisco . The " CAREN Act " (Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies) was introduced on Tuesday at a San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting by Supervisor Shamann Walton.

A San Francisco lawmaker is proposing an ordinance that would make it easier to penalize people San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton, the author of the CAREN Act , said in a statement A similar law proposed at the state level would go further and make a fraudulent 911 call based on a

It may soon be illegal to make discriminatory, racially biased 911 calls in San Francisco.

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The "CAREN Act" (Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies) was introduced in July at a San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting by Supervisor Shamann Walton.

The ordinance is one step closer to becoming a law. On Tuesday, the board unanimously passed the act on first read. Next week, the bill has to be voted on again by the board, and then it will be sent to Mayor London Breed to sign.

The ordinance's name is a twist on "Karen," the name social media gives people making racially biased 911 calls.

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As viral videos continue to show 911 calls being leveraged to threaten people of color, a San Francisco supervisor has introduced a new proposal Supervisor Shamann Walton, who introduced the legislation Tuesday, calls it the CAREN Act . The acronym stands for Caution Against Racially

A San Francisco lawmaker on Tuesday introduced an ordinance to outlaw racially motivated 911 calls . Under the CAREN Act , people who call law enforcement based on racial bias could face criminal charges, CBS San Francisco reported. San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton

And it's not just "Karen." There are also names like "Becky," which has also come to symbolize a stereotype of whiteness. And "Susan." And "Chad."

The "CAREN Act" has been met with support and opposition since it was proposed. Several residents wrote letters to the board urging them to reconsider renaming the ordinance, citing it is sexist and targets people with the name of "Karen."

"The name of the act places a target on my name as a racist and I am not," one resident wrote in a letter to the board. "By associating the name 'Caren' or anyone elses name with such a law, really is offensive."

"I do not have objection to this act; the issue it is trying to address is wrong," wrote another resident. " I do strongly object to the the name. The insensitive choice of many people to use the name Karen as a general purpose term of disapproval for middle age white women needs to stop."

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It may soon be illegal to make discriminatory, racially biased 911 calls in San Francisco . The “ CAREN Act ” (Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies) was introduced on Tuesday at a San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting by Supervisor Shamann Walton.

A San Francisco lawmaker proposed an ordinance that would make discriminatory 911 calls illegal and allow victims to sue for damages up to ,000. Supervisor Shamann Walton introduced the Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies, or CAREN Act , Tuesday, which will " make it

The ordinance is similar to the statewide AB 1550 bill introduced by California Assemblyman Rob Bonta, making it unlawful and accountable for a caller to "fabricate false racially biased emergency reports.".

"Using 911 as a tool for your prejudice towards marginalized communities is unjust and wrong!" Bonta tweeted.

Racially motivated 911 calls aren't a new occurrence across the country, in spite of a recent uptick following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed in police custody in Minneapolis.

Earlier this summer, a White hotel employee in North Carolina called the police on a guest, a Black woman and her children, who were using the hotel's swimming pool. And in May, a White woman called 911 on a Black man who was birdwatching in New York's Central Park.

Bonta said the intent of AB 1550 isn't to discourage Californians in real danger from calling 911.

CAREN Act That Makes Racially Motivated 911 Calls Illegal Set to Be Approved in San Francisco

  CAREN Act That Makes Racially Motivated 911 Calls Illegal Set to Be Approved in San Francisco New law will prevent racially motivated calls to the emergency services, victims will soon be able to sue the perpetrators"People of color have the right to do everyday activities and should not be subject to being harassed due to someone's racial bias," said Shamann Walton, one of supervisors who signed for the new legislation, to CBS channel KPIX 5.

San Francisco supervisor Shamann Walton joined "The Story" Wednesday to discuss the CAREN Act , Walton's proposed legislation that would punish so- called "false racially biased emergency "So no one should be calling 911 to weaponize 911 against people of color, black people or any other

Following a spate of high-profile 911 calls against people of color, San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton on Tuesday introduced an ordinance that would make discriminatory calls for police illegal . Walton dubbed the ordinance the Caren Act (Caution Against Racially Exploitative

"This bill could protect millions of Californians from becoming targets of hate and prevent the weaponization of our law enforcement against communities of color," he said in an online release.

"Racist false reports put people in danger and waste resources," the ordinance's co-author, Supervisor Matt Haney, tweeted.

Though making a false police report is a misdemeanor or felony offense in many states, including California, accountability is lacking for making racially biased calls to law enforcement.

Other cities have already begun the process to pass similar legislation.

Los Angeles City Councilman Curren Price introduced a similar motion to the City Council in June exploring "criminal penalties, rights of victims to bring private civil actions and cost recovery by the City," he tweeted.

In 2019, the City Commission in Grand Rapids, Michigan, held a public hearing on a "proposed human rights ordinance" criminalizing racially motivated calls to 911 with a fine of up to $500.

In 2018, former New York state Sen. Jesse Hamilton proposed a bill after a woman called 911 on him for campaigning, that would require the local district attorney to investigate these incidents as hate crimes. If the calls were deemed racially motivated, a number of consequences such as fines, sensitivity training or jail time would be issued.

City passes bill criminalizing phony 911 calls based on race .
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the CAREN Act, which would punish people who call 911 with phony reports based on race. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the Caution Against Racially and Exploitative Non-Emergencies, or CAREN, Act on Tuesday, which amends the city's police code and allows anyone harmed by such calls to sue.

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