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Pol: Gov must pass law putting non-emergency 911 callers in prison following ‘Caroline’ incident

Call to action: State Sen. Kevin Parker is demanding the governor convene a special session in Albany to tackle the misuse of 911, after a white woman falsely reported a 9-year-old black boy for grabbing her bum last week.
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A Democratic Ditmas Park lawmaker is pushing legislation that would criminalize non-emergency calls to 911, arguing that gentrifiers are weaponizing the hotline against their neighbors after a white woman falsely reported a 9-year-old black boy for sexual assault last week.

“There are people across the country, and even right here in the people’s republic of Brooklyn, who are trying to weaponize the 911 system,” said state Sen. Kevin Parker, off-handedly referring to Kings County as a communist state while advocating a law that would give government more control over citizens on Thursday. “Currently, New York does not have anything on the books that would make that behavior illegal.”

Parker introduced his 911-misuse bill in August, in response to a number of white callers nationwide, including Park Slope’s “Doorway Debbie,” who reported black people for benign behavior over the summer.

And now he is demanding Gov. Cuomo convene a special session of the state Senate to pass the legislation that he said is even more necessary following the latest incident, which spread like wildfire on the Internet after a local shared a video of the woman calling 911 on the child for allegedly “grabbing her a--” inside an Albermarle Road bodega — a claim she later apologized for upon reviewing the store’s security footage, which clearly showed the boy’s backpack, not hands, brushed her backside.

Under Parker’s proposed law, any person found to have knowingly dialed the hotline to report a non-emergency would be slapped with a $900 fine or get three months in prison, according to the pol. In the most-recent case, for instance, prosecutors would need to prove the woman — whom outraged Internet users dubbed “Cornerstore Caroline” as video of her call went viral — intentionally reported the boy knowing he didn’t actually assault her, he said.

“At the point an arrest is made … it’s up to prosecutors to make the case,” Parker said.

Days after the Ditmas Park incident, District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said on Twitter that his office would investigate the woman’s behavior, but his spokesman Oren Yaniv declined to comment on what charges the top prosecutor is pursuing.

Parker’s proposed bill isn’t the only legislation of its kind in the country — if it passes without changes, the pol’s bill would be functionally identical to a law in the city of Edmunds, Wash., where willful, first-time abuse of the 911 hotline is punishable by a $1,000 fine, or three months in jail.

But elsewhere, 911-misuse laws are more lenient, such as codes in the state of California that call for a warning for first-time offenders, followed by increasing fines of up to $250 on the fourth, and subsequent, offenses.

And in addition to introducing his own bill, Parker also signed on to similar legislation state Sen. Jesse Hamilton (D–Crown Heights) introduced earlier this year, after he claimed that a woman called 911 on him for “campaigning while black” outside a Prospect-Lefferts Gardens subway station during his failed bid to reclaim his party’s line in September’s primary election.

Hamilton’s bill, however, doesn’t deal with 911 misuses specifically, but instead would increase penalties on individuals who intentionally report false crimes against people based on their race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, gender, or any of New York State’s 22 protected classes.

Unfortunately for Hamilton, he likely won’t be around to champion that legislation come January due to his Democratic-primary loss to political newcomer Zellnor Myrie — unless he pulls off a come-from-behind win on Nov. 6, when he’ll appear on the general-election ballot on the Independence and Women’s Equality party lines.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 7:01 pm, October 24, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Bill from NYC says:
This guy is a idiot.
Oct. 19, 2:07 pm
Huh? says:
So he’s not really a politician, and decided this law is necessary because of a case involving someone who would not actually have been in violation of the law? What’s the point?
Oct. 19, 2:10 pm
Homey from Crooklyn says:
This is the dumbest thing I've heard today. Congratulations moron.
Oct. 19, 2:34 pm
BunnynSunny from The Hills of Clinton's says:
Weaponizing. Stop using this over-used word.
Oct. 19, 2:35 pm
Resident from Brooklyn says:
An attempt to intimidate the "gentry" into being willing victims of crime.
Oct. 19, 2:48 pm
BoFiS from Ditmas Park says:
I completely agree with him, and really, there should also be a non-emergency number, like 311, to report certain things that are NOT emergencies. Like when someone stole an Amazon package from our front stoop, and Amazon insisted we get a police case number before they'd issue a refund, I did not even want to call 911, but that was actually the only option. Then police wasted their time responding immediately to take our info when I'd imagine those cops and the 911 operator could have been doing something more-pressing.
Oct. 19, 4:02 pm
SCR from Realityville says:
Hey White Far-Leftist Gentrifiers,if you feel so guilty,just move the hell;back to the suburbia. Of course,all of those,who were around;or are familiar with genfication-knows that this,is a rather tried subject. Gentrification,in Brooklyn,NY,in some areas,dates back to 1985. Perhaps,even the late 1970s,in Park Slope?
Oct. 19, 5:19 pm
P.J. says:
He’s right - we need to punish women who report rape and sexual assault without proof. Far too many women are speaking to the police without evidence. If we charge them $900 for doing so, then they won’t call. Dies the money go directly to the person they accuse?
Oct. 20, 3:16 am
Huma Abedin-Wiener from Islamabad says:
Yet these fools are silent about black on black violence in their communities.... but oh the evil White gentrifiers...these people are the true racists who are being spurred on by the media.
Oct. 20, 4:36 am
Pablo Oantilope from Ridgewood says:
Tear down the wall , legalize all immigrants , give government benefits to all immigrants including Sec 8 rent subsidies and food stamps. Empower Mueller to impeach Trump and all republicans in Congress and senate. Vote Berni Sanders , Bite Cortez
Oct. 20, 7:55 pm
SCR from Realityville says:
Beware of the unholy alliances of Social-Darwinists(relabelled),as Liberterians,and hard-line Socialists;who want to totally"open-borders" And also,abolition of ICE.These brats,need to be run,out of town;before they do great harm-to all of us.
Oct. 20, 8:26 pm
Chan Quentin says:
Finally someone standing up to all the women lying about sexual harassment !
Oct. 20, 8:52 pm
Annmarie from Crown Heights says:
They full of ——. That trying to piggyback off of Jesse Hamilton bill, since they demonized him and lied all the way to the primaries to get him out of office. They haven't said anything about this before now since its election time, they wanna act like they care, while taking credit for something their dumb asses never thought of.
Oct. 20, 11:43 pm
Caroline says:
I don’t think this law goes far enough - why not just close 911 altogether. Then no one can report crimes.
Oct. 21, 4:27 pm
Lydia from Brooklyn Heights says:
The problem is an epidemic of false reports of sexual harassment and assault. Almost 90 percent of women who contact the police about these things are lying. Until now, they have recieved no punishment for their reports. The result is women lying all over the place, even about a purely innocent Supreme Court Justice. All he wants to do is punish women who report sexual misconduct to the police, and America says it’s about time
Oct. 21, 5:25 pm
Marty from Pennsville says:
I prefer a $10,000 fine, community service and their photos in the local newspaper for a set period of time. Shaming on social media would of course be automatic.
Oct. 22, 10:30 am

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