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Essex Rising Supports Legislation Criminalizing False 9-1-1 Calls!

Essex Rising firmly supports pending legislation intended to stop people from weaponizing law enforcement’s systemic racism by making it a crime to make a false 911 call with the purpose of intimidating and/or harassing a person of color and/or member of a constitutionally protected class.
On June 29, 2020, Senator Senator Nia H. Gill (District 34, Essex and Passaic) introduced bill S2635, entitled, “Includes false incrimination and filing false police report as form of bias intimidation; establishes crime of false 9-1-1 call with purpose to intimidate or harass based on race or other protected class”.
Bias intimidation is a crime in New Jersey! And not only do false 911 calls drain government resources, but they can have deadly consequences for Black people.
We believe that S2635, if passed, would be a first step in combatting systemic and individual racism by preventing people from using 911 as a means of terrorizing communities of color, and putting an end to bias intimidation in New Jersey.
Please contact your State senator and urge her/him to pass S2635. You can find your local legislators here: https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/legsearch.asp


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