Oregon isn’t the one state attempting to legalize payments like this. Final yr, a New York lawmaker proposed a invoice that might make calling 911 on an harmless black particular person a hate crime.
The Oregon state Senate handed a invoice on Monday that might enable victims of discriminatory 911 calls to sue the caller.
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Titled Home invoice 3216, the invoice “permits victims of those calls to sue a 911 caller for as a lot as $250 if the sufferer can show that the 911 name was racially motivated and that the caller meant to discriminate or hurt the fame of the sufferer,” in accordance with a report from Vox.
The invoice was handed by the Oregon Home in April and can return there to resolve a minor discrepancy. If the revised model is accepted it’ll then be despatched to Democratic Gov. Kate Brown.
The invoice was launched by Oregon’s three black Democratic legislators, together with state Rep. Janelle Bynum. Bynum had her personal expertise with a discriminatory 911 name final yr. She was questioned by police after somebody known as 911 on her whereas she was campaigning in her district. The incident went viral and sparked the hashtag #CampaigningWhileBlack.
“When somebody will get the police known as on them for simply current in public, it sends a message that you just don’t belong right here,” Bynum mentioned to the Related Press. “This creates a authorized pathway to justice.”
Final yr got here stories that New York lawmaker Jesse Hamilton had proposed a invoice that might make calling 911 on an harmless black particular person a hate crime.
The Democratic state senator mentioned the invoice was impressed by an incident the place a girl known as the cops on him whereas he was campaigning in his district.