San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton introduced an ordinance on Tuesday (July 7) to outlaw racially motivated 911 calls.
The Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies, or CAREN Act, could bring criminal charges on a person who calls law enforcement based on racial bias.
During the Board of Supervisors meeting, Walton says the measure is “part of a larger nationwide movement to address racial biases and implement consequences for weaponizing emergency resources with racist intentions."
“Karen” is a term more recently used to describe a white woman who expresses outrage over something very minute or who threatens to call law enforcement on a person of color for an illegitimate reason.
The ordinance is similar to the statewide California AB 1550 bill, introduced by 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.
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