San Francisco's Board of Supervisors has approved the ban of false, racially biased calls to 911, KPIX-TV reported.
The CAREN Act — Caution Against Racial and Exploitative Non-Emergencies Act — was unanimously passed Tuesday by all 11 supervisors, the station said.
The term "Karen" has become mockingly synonymous with women — usually white women — who confront others without provocation over small issues and sometimes call 911 so police can step in and stop it. Sometimes a "Karen" adds race to the mix when contacting authorities.
"We want to make sure people don't continue to weaponize emergency calls to law enforcement," Supervisor Shamann Walton, who authored the measure, told KPIX. Walton began pushing the legislation in July.