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Black Senator Who Had Cops Called On Him Proposes Legislation That Could Make White Folks Put Their Phones Down

So when they pull their phones out, we would just do the same, yeah?

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Phones down, problematics. 

A New York state senator is introducing a legislative proposal which would outlaw calling the police on black people without rhyme or reason, reports Prospect Heights Patch. 

Sen. Jesse Hamilton was canvassing in one of his Brooklyn districts when a Trump supporter called the police on him. He'd been voicing political views that didn't correlate with those of hers, so she phoned 911. Hamilton is just one victim of an epidemic of contemptuous white folks subjecting black folks to a system notorious for devaluing black lives by calling police. 

"This pattern of calling the police on black people going about their business and participating in the life of our country has to stop," he told Patch. 

"Waiting for your friends at a Starbucks is not a 911 call," Hamilton said in reference to the May incident in which a Starbucks manager called police on two black men awaiting their friend. "It's a call of intimidation."

Announced on Wednesday, August 15, the objective of Bill S9149 is to "further punish the falsely reporting of a crime if the motivation for reporting such crime is motivated by a perception or belief about their race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation," according to Hamilton's website. 


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Zahara is the Deputy Editor for Blavity.