Hamilton blasts 911 call reporting him for campaigning
Still stung by a 911 complaint lodged against him when he was campaigning for re-election, state Sen. Jesse Hamilton announced that he plans to introduce legislation to increase the criminal penalties against people who file false police reports or call 911 for frivolous reasons.
Under Hamilton’s bill, calling 911 under false pretenses would be classified as a hate crime in New York State.
Hamilton, a Democrat who represents a portion of Brooklyn including Sunset Park, Crown Heights, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and Park Slope, said his aim is to combat the misuse of 911.
“Living while black is not a crime. But making a false report, especially motivated by hate, should be. Our laws should recognize that false reports with hateful intent can have deadly consequences,” said Hamilton, who is black.