SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton on Tuesday introduced an ordinance to outlaw racially motivated 911 calls.
The Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies, or CAREN, Act could possibly result in people who call law enforcement based on racial bias facing criminal charges.READ MORE: Elderly Asian Woman Stabbing Attack Triggers Blame Game Between San Francisco DA, Police Officers Assn
The ordinance is similar to state Assemblymember Rob Banta’s (D-Oakland) Assembly Bill 1550, which also calls for consequences for those who call 911 based on biases toward race, class, outward appearance and religion.READ MORE: 1 Taken To Hospital, 2 Vehicles Damaged In Vegetation Fire Along Highway 101 In San Jose
During the Board of Supervisors meeting Walton said both measures “are part of a larger nationwide movement to address racial biases and implement consequences for weaponizing emergency resources with racist intentions.”
The name ‘Karen’ has become synonymous on social media with people who call 911 with racist intentions, as several high-profile incidents captured on cellphone video, including some in the Bay Area, have shown people threatening to call police because of racial biases.MORE NEWS: Snakes by the Planes: Endangered San Francisco Species Found Thriving in Wetlands at SFO
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