Making False Racist 911 Calls Could Become Hate Crime In California

Making False Racist 911 Calls Could Become Hate Crime In California

The perpetrator could be hit with a fine and face jail time.

Published September 4th

Written by BET Staff

Calling 911 to harass or make racist claims could soon be considered a hate crime under a bill passed by California lawmakers on Monday (Aug. 31). 

These fake 911 calls have been caught on camera and continued to receive viral social media attention that has led to the term, “Karen,” a label given out to mostly white women who have illegitimately called 911 to target Black people. 

RELATED: California Beach ‘Karen’ Goes On Racist Rant, Calls Cops On Black Woman

KTLA-5 reports that the new legislation is a result of countless confrontations nationwide from primarily white people who have chosen to make discriminatory emergency calls to police when crossing paths with a Black person. 

RELATED: Central Park ‘Karen’ Seen Calling Police On Black Man Apologizes After Viral Outrage And Job Suspension

The new California bill explains that the perpetrator could be hit with a fine and face jail time.

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