Yep, it’s a real headline.
A Democratic New York state lawmaker proposed legislation this week to make it a hate crime to call 911 on law-abiding people of color.
State Sen. Jesse Hamilton’s proposal would allow people to be prosecuted if they place racially motivated calls to police without evidence of malice, The Patch reported Wednesday.
“That’s gonna be a hate crime,” Hamilton said. “This pattern of calling the police on black people going about their business and participating in the life of our country has to stop.”
This is what drinking the “hands up don’t shoot” or “shot for wearing a hoodie and carrying a bag of Skittles” koolaid gets you.
I have seen few if any stories where black people had the cops called on them for “going about their business and participating in the life.” I’m not even sure what that means. I have seen stories of people reporting suspicious activity that turned out to not be criminal.
The African-American lawmaker’s new bill comes a week after a self-described supporter of President Trump called the cops on him for handing out anti-Trump fliers in Brooklyn.
Now this makes sense… Yeah, what that Trump supporter did was a dick move. I’m not going to defend it, but let’s not pretend that the Left doesn’t do exactly the same thing, or worse. The difference is, the people harassed by the Leftists don’t get to claim victim status after that.
Back to the original story.
Hamilton’s legislation would strength existing New York laws that prohibit making false reports — especially if police respond to said 911 call with the expectation that the person is posing a serious threat, The Patch reported.
A false report is one thing, but a report of someone doing something suspicions is not false. It’s just determined not to be criminal after the fact.
The proposed legislation comes amid a series of highly publicized incidents of police being called on black people who are not committing a crime.
But they potentially looked like they did. Even taking race out of the equation, some of the acts appeared to be suspicious.
A black man who is the owner of a high-end lemonade stand in San Francisco said he had the police called on him when he was opening his own business last month.
The news I read only said he was opening his business. I know nothing more. It may be racism. It may have been he was jiggling the lock or doing something else that appeared like he was breaking in. There is not enough information to go on.
A black former White House staffer to President Obama had the police called on him for burglary while moving into his new New York City apartment in May.
At 11:00 at night. That part gets left out a lot. I get that moving sucks. But his neighbors had no idea who he was and he was taking stuff out of the apartment at 11:00 and they called the cops.
I while ago I touched on a similar story about some black women who had the cops called on them over an Air BNB. That took place after midnight, 12:36 am to be exact.
I’ll say it again. If I saw strangers carrying stuff out of a neighbors house at dark o’clock at night, I’d call the cops too. It’s not racism, it’s suspicious.
A viral video from April captured two black men who were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks for sitting in the cafe without ordering anything — setting off nationwide backlash.
The rest of the country calls loitering in a business without being a paying customer after you’ve been told to leave for not being a paying customer, trespassing.
“Waiting for your friends at a Starbucks is not a 911 call,” Hamilton told the news outlet. “It’s a call of intimidation.”
No, it’s store policy for the baristas to let cops handle stuff like that. The person making $10/hour to mix lattes isn’t supposed to risk their safety to confront a disorderly person in the store.
Except for the lemonade stand case for which I have no details, the other cases all had a mitigating factor that a reasonable person could see is more than just race.
The point of this is to intimidate people into not calling the cops. This is an extension of the social justice war on police we’ve seen growing on the Left. This is more than just anti-cop, it’s pro-criminal. It makes innocent people watching out for their communities more afraid of the cops than the criminals.
I have a feeling this proposed legislation gives people who call the cops no benefit of the doubt. If you are unsure what you are seeing is criminal or not, don’t call the cops or you will be in trouble if it turns out not to be criminal. If that means more criminal activity occurs because criminals know people will be hesitant to call the cops on them, well that’s just the cost of not being racist.
Since New York City is a sanctuary city and has already decriminalized quality of life crimes and now it’s legal to piss on the street and panhandle, there was only one way to make it worse. Make it a potential hate crime to call the cops one people who might be breaking the law.
The new city slogan should be “Criminals *Heart* New York.”