2020 Jun 30, 12:49pm
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Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, announced that he is introducing legislation that would make it a hate crime to make a 911 phone call motivated by another person’s race, religion, sex or any other protected class. The bill also would allow people who are victims of such phone calls to sue the caller...One recent such viral video shows a New York City woman, Amy Cooper, telling police that she was being threatened by a Black man, Christian Cooper, who was out bird-watching.After the video went viral, Amy Cooper was publicly shamed and lost her job. She later publicly apologized for the incident.California law currently makes it a misdemeanor to make a false report to the police. The law does not include “accountability measures to address discrimination if a person 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,” according to Bonta’s office.