Posted on July 8, 2020

‘CAREN Act’: San Francisco Lawmaker Introduces Ordinance to Outlaw ‘Racially Exploitative’ 911 Calls

Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, July 08, 2020

A San Francisco supervisor drafted legislation that would make “racially exploitative” 911 calls a crime.

Supervisor Shamann Walton introduced the Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies Act on Tuesday. The ordinance has been dubbed the CAREN Act in reference to the catch-all name given to white women filmed overreacting to minor incidents. Walton said the legislation is necessary to prevent racially biased emergency reports in the future.


Walton’s legislation is similar to that of California State Assemblyman Rob Banta. Banta’s legislation bars a 911 report that “summons law enforcement because they perceive another individual to be a threat due to their race, religion, outward appearance, or inclusion in a protected class.”

It is already a criminal misdemeanor in California to make false police reports.