New bill seeks penalty for placing racially motivated 911 calls

Oregon could adopt a new bill which would allow victims of racially motivated 911 calls to sue callers for up to $250. The catch is that victims of these calls would have to “prove the caller had racist intent, and that the caller summoned a police officer to purposefully discriminate or damage a person’s reputation.” The measure, which was approved by the House on Monday, was created by Oregon’s three Black lawmakers in response to a wave of publicized incidents where predominately white civilians across the country have called the police to investigate Black people for simply existing in public while Black.  Read the full story >>