Legislature: Unlawful calls to police get scrutiny
Some say calls appear to be motivated by racism
Last updated 1/27/2021 at 5:53pm
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...