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SC lawmaker introduces ‘CAREN’ act to penalize non-emergency 911 calls

Moore said suspicious activity that is not discriminatory should still be reported.
Moore said his legislation aims to combat these types of incidents.
Moore said his legislation aims to combat these types of incidents.(WWBT)
Published: Apr. 22, 2021 at 11:38 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WVLT) - Lawmakers in South Carolina proposed a bill that would penalize individuals that call 911 in non-emergency situations, “can lead to racially charged altercations.”

The “Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies (CAREN) Act, filed by Representative JA Moore would allow an individual to take civil action against a person who calls 911 to “intentionally inflict harm on that person.”

Moore said his legislation aims to combat these types of incidents. Moore said suspicious activity that is not discriminatory should still be reported.

“We want to make sure that when suspicious activity is valid and has nothing to do with a person’s gender, race, or sexuality, we definitely want people to reach out to law enforcement,” Moore said. “This is [just] another way we can try to prevent some racially motivated actions by certain members of the community and the whole long-term idea is to make a more just and fair South Carolina.”

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