California lawmakers pass bill to stop racist 911 calls

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGO) -- California lawmakers have passed a bill to prevent racially-motivated 911 calls.

The bill would make calling 911 to harass or violate the rights of a person based on their race, religion or gender a hate crime. Under the new bill, such calls could result in jail time and fines. There have been many instances in recent years where people wrongfully called police on Black people.

It's illegal to make a false police report, but the law does not currently address discrimination.

The bill already passed in both the Senate and Assembly. Gov. Gavin Newsom will now review it.

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