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Default CAREN Act: San Francisco Supervisors Approve Ban On Racist Calls To 911

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CAREN Act: San Francisco Supervisors Approve Ban On Racist Calls To 911


October 20, 2020 at 6:40 pm


SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved legislation Tuesday banning false, racially-biased calls to 911.
Dubbed the Caution Against Racial and Exploitative Non-Emergencies (CAREN) Act, the measure passed the chamber with all 11 supervisors voting yes. The name is a nod to a widespread meme using the name “Karen” to describe a specific type of white, middle-aged woman, who exhibits behaviors that stem from privilege, such as using the police to target people of color.
“We want to make sure people don’t continue to weaponize emergency calls to law enforcement,” said Supervisor Shamann Walton, who authored the measure.

Under the CAREN Act, calls to 911 with the specific intent to discriminate over someone’s race, ethnicity, national origin, place of birth, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion is banned. Victims of such calls will also be allowed to sue the caller.


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