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If radical Democrats in San Francisco have their way, calling 911 will become a very complicated event that could find the caller facing charges if they fail to choose the right words or make the proper assessment of events.
Following an incident last week where a white couple confronted a person of color in front of his Pacific Heights home, Supervisor Shamann Walton announced plans for legislation making discriminatory 911 calls illegal, the San Francisco Examiner reported.
The African-American elected official dubbed his bill the Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies (or CAREN) Act, which would make it against the law to “fabricate false racially biased emergency reports.”
Oh my god, the CAREN Act pic.twitter.com/vGlunVq0mh
— Sara Gaiser (@akrazia) July 7, 2020
The “person of color” mentioned, a Filipino man named James Juanillo, was stenciling “Black Lives Matter” on a retaining wall in front of his home, and he was confronted by Lisa Alexander, CEO of the skincare company LAFACE.
“Future ‘Permit Pattys’ and ‘BBQ Beckys’ could face civil penalties,” the paper noted in a sub-headline.
Jennifer Schulte, a white woman dubbed “BBQ Becky,” called 911 back in April on two black men using a charcoal grill in Oakland, Calif. She told the 911 dispatcher that the men were using the grill in a non-designated area.
More recently, there was the incident in a New York City park, where a white woman called police claiming an “African-American man” was threatening her — she was in the parking walking a dog and was violating a leash law, prompting a bird-watching black man to comment.
Incidentally, after the story exploded, the birdwatcher, Christian Cooper, decided he would not cooperate with prosecutors after the woman was charged. Cooper said the woman has been through enough and the charge for filing a false police report would only add to her “misery.”
“In these times of continued systemic and systematic oppression of black people, we have to be innovative and strong with our solutions,” Walton said in response to his proposal. “It is also our collective responsibility as the Board of Supervisors to prevent racial discrimination in all its forms and seek justice for people when we are unable to stop discrimination from happening.”
Walton tweeted: “Racist 911 calls are unacceptable that’s why I’m introducing the CAREN Act at today’s SF Board of Supervisors meeting. This is the CAREN we need. Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies.”
Racist 911 calls are unacceptable that’s why I’m introducing the CAREN Act at today’s SF Board of Supervisors meeting. This is the CAREN we need. Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies. #CARENact #sanfrancisco
— Shamann Walton (@shamannwalton) July 7, 2020
Earlier this year, Watson introduced a resolution calling for reparations for black residents, after the NAACP San Francisco branch called for using the city’s income from hotel and marijuana taxes for this purpose.
Given their undying faith in government, it should come as no surprise that liberals think they can legislate preferred behavior, based on their take on events.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
Wow. So if I feel threatened by someone and call the police, I could be charged with a hate crime if the responding officers don’t think I should’ve felt threatened? But only if the person is black? This will be horribly abused and will INCREASE racial tensions.
— Diane Hernandez (@bellecali_xo) July 8, 2020
Horrible idea – it will be abused and it is ill defined. If you feel you are in danger and feel threaten call 911.
This is how we keep our civilization – civilized. I am not going to determine the race of any possible individuals, if it is dangerous situation.
— Hellbound Heathen (@LailokenACS) July 7, 2020
You’re going about this all wrong, let’s just require all Non-racists Karen’s to pick a new name like Donald or Adolph or Jefferson.
— Ellen Gray (@tennesseeazure) July 8, 2020
Is this suppose to stop people like Jussie Smollett?
— Gavin Kinahan (@GavinKinahan) July 8, 2020
Great Idea. Make people scared to call the cops you are trying to defund. I wonder where this leads….
You guys really think these things through don’t you.
— SemperFiPatriot (@ChrisTateUSMC) July 8, 2020
The Zoom Happy Hour coming up with the CAREN moniker must have been fun.
— Samir Bhavnani (@samirb) July 7, 2020
I bet they spent a while trying to come up with a word that starts with a K before they went with the less common spelling
— Sara Gaiser (@akrazia) July 7, 2020
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