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By Sydney Brown
Washington State Journal 

Legislature: Unlawful calls to police get scrutiny

Some say calls appear to be motivated by racism

 

Last updated 1/27/2021 at 5:53pm

Brittainy Newman / The New York Times via Redux

Christian Cooper

A person who unlawfully summons the police on someone could face a civil action lawsuit under a proposed law that is gaining traction in the Washington state Legislature.

Senate Bill 5135 would allow an individual to pursue civil action against a person who called the police without having evidence of a public safety risk. Senators voted along party lines with Democrats in favor in a 5-4 decision Jan. 21 to give SB 5135 a do-pass recommendation, and it was sent to the House Rules Committee.

Democratic Sen. Mona Das, one of the bill's sponsors, said in a Jan. 21 interview she pursued this...



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