SAN FRANCISCO — A San Francisco official has introduced an ordinance called the Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies (CAREN) Act which could result in criminal charges for people who call law enforcement based on racial bias.
The act, which was introduced by San Francisco Board of Supervisors Shamann Walton, is intentionally similar to the pejorative name “Karen.”
While it is already a crime in San Francisco to make a false report, the bill would make it unlawful to fabricate a report based on someone’s race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or religious affiliation, according to Forbes.
The ordinance is similar to a California bill introduced last month by assembly member Rob Bonta, to help end discriminatory 911 calls in the state:
Walton said during the Board of Supervisors meeting that “both measures are part of a larger nationwide movement to address racial biases and implement consequences for weaponizing emergency resources with racist intentions,” according to KNTV.
“Karen” has become synonymous with typically a white woman who is perceived to be entitled or racist and responds by demanding to speak to a manager or calling police.
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