SF Supes Pass ‘Caren Act’ to Make Racially Biased 911 Calls Illegal
The “CAREN Act” (Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies) was introduced in July at a San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting by Supervisor Shamann Walton of District 10.
Today the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the Caution Against Racial and Exploitative Non-Emergencies Act, aka CAREN Act, on first reading (1 more reading next week), 911 calls, are not customer service for people’s racism. #CARENacthttps://t.co/FWCz95gGFU
— Shamann Walton (@shamannwalton) October 20, 2020
The ordinance’s name is a reference to “Karen,” the name social media gives people making racially biased 911 calls. Perhaps the most famous “Karen” incident came this past Spring, where a white woman named Amy Cooper threatened to make a false 911 call to endanger a black man in Central Park NY, “I’m going to tell them there’s an African American man threatening my life.” She warned.
Excited to announce our partnership with Supervisor @shamannwalton ! Today, we unveiled our two-prong strategy to join forces and stop discriminatory 911 calls: #AB1550 and the #CARENAct. Using 911 as a tool for your prejudice towards marginalized communities is unjust and wrong! pic.twitter.com/NBfBaLe6x2
— Rob Bonta (@RobBontaCA) July 7, 2020