New Jersey has made it a crime for white people to call police and report a crime IF the caller is identifying the perpetrator as black.
Claiming to be outlawing “harassment” of blacks, the state has decreed that using 911 to “harass” a “person of color” is a possible “hate crime.”
“Using the threat of a 9-1-1 call or police report as an intimidation tactic against people of color is an unacceptable, abhorrent form of discrimination,” Murphy said on Tuesday in his statement about the law he signed.
“This irresponsible misuse of our 9-1-1 system places victims in a potentially dangerous situation, and can erode trust between Black and Brown New Jerseyans and law enforcement,” he added.
The new law strengthens an existing law barring the act of creating a “false alarm” and making it a possible “hate crime” if the false alarm is directed at a black person.
The law was proposed after a black couple in Montclair told police that a white neighbor, who was upset that they didn’t have a city permit to build a deck, called the police on them and said they had assaulted her.
“Not only is falsely calling 911 a form of intimidation against people of color that places its victims in danger, it interferes with 911 emergency operators trying to save lives and puts law enforcement at risk,” State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said. “This law demonstrates New Jersey takes addressing racial bias incidents seriously.”
While it is likely true that some tiny number of calls to 911 might be false reports — such as that by the white Montclair woman’s — this law will have a chilling effect on real calls to the police and will serve as a blanket get out of jail free card for people who are really guilty of crimes.
Indeed, many white people may now simply stop calling police to report crimes if the crime involves a black person for fear of being arrested themselves.
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