A city in Michigan wants to amend an ordinance that would make it illegal to call 911 on people of color for “participating in their lives.”
The city of Grand Rapids, Michigan has proposed changes to a human rights ordinance that would include a “bias crime reporting prohibition.” The proposed change would criminalize calling the police on people of color who are not doing anything illegal, MLive.com reported.
Grand Rapids Diversity and Inclusion Manager Patti Caudill said that the amended ordinance would force people to “check their biases” before calling the authorities.
“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 told MLive.
The proposed change would make calling 911 based on someone’s race or ethnicity rather than illegal activity a criminal misdemeanor, MLive…
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