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“CAREN” Act Passes In San Francisco To Deter False, Racially Biased 911 Calls

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City officials in San Francisco are introducing the ‘CAREN’ Act which stands for “Caution Against Racially Exploitive Non-Emergencies” to outlaw racially motivated 911 calls. This is in response to recent heavily publicized incidents in which white people have called the police on innocent Black people.

There are key factors with this new law which include the following.
The “CAREN Act,” or the Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies Act, was introduced by San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton and is a reference to “Karen,” which has become a generic name to describe entitled or racist white women.

Making a false report is already a crime, but the bill would amend the San Francisco Police Code to make it unlawful for someone to fabricate a report based on someone’s race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, gender or sexual orientation.

The bill would allow the person who was the subject of the call to seek civil remedy through the courts, Natalie Gee, Walton’s chief of staff.

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