Both instances in which a white person called the police.
Now, as racial tensions continue to flare as the nation protests the death of George Floyd and others, a California lawmaker plans to introduce legislation that would make discriminatory 911 calls a hate crime, joining a handful of states in pushing to criminalize emergency calls.
California’s proposal “would provide multiple pathways for justice for victims of racially weaponized 911 calls,” said Assemblyman Rob Bonta, an Alameda Democrat and the bill’s author.
In May, a white woman walking her dog in Central Park called the police on a Black birdwatcher after he asked her to leash her dog.
The governor of New York signed legislation making these types of 911 calls a crime.