Michigan city moves to criminalize calling 911 on people of color who are just living their lives

Jessica Sutherland reports that Grand Rapids, Michigan is addressing the “epidemic of racially-motivated abuses of emergency services.”

“Diversity and Inclusion Manager Patti Caudill said the ordinance is a new concept in Michigan. It isn’t meant to discourage 911 calls, she said. Rather, it’s meant to make people ‘check their biases’ before calling the police. ‘Call the police, but if you’re calling because your neighbors are having a barbecue and you’re calling because of some implicit bias because they’re people of color, we don’t want to see that,’ she said.”

The article includes a list of daily activities in 2018 for which the police have been called on African-Americans. To read the article, click here.

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