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San Francisco Board Of Supervisors Unanimously Approve “Caren” Act To Stop Racist 911 Calls


The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to pass the CAREN Act, making it unlawful for people to call 911 with solely the intent to discriminate.

This comes as a response to the uptick in 911 calls made by individuals who call to report innocuous behavior or non-criminal behavior for what appears to be discriminatory reasons. The supervisors cited distrust and anxiety in minority communities and strain on law enforcement as the reasons for passing the act. They said they wanted to create a pathway for the people falsely accused to seek redress and to dissuade people from calling 911 unless necessary.

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