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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: June 21, 2018 03:56 PM
From: Representative Ed Gainey
To: All House members
Subject: False Reports to Law Enforcement Package
 
In April 2018, the management of the Grandview Golf Club in York County called the police on a group of African American women golfers after repeatedly harassing the women for allegedly golfing too slow. One man in the group of golfers behind the women stated that the women were not moving too slow and that he was outraged by the treatment that they had received. In the same month, the manager of a Starbucks in Philadelphia called the police on two African American men only two minutes after they arrived at the store for a meeting and had done nothing wrong. Incidents such as these deprive individuals of their civil rights and wastes the time of law enforcement officers which in turn, costs the taxpayers money.

Therefore, I plan to introduce a package of two bills that strengthens the current law that prohibits false reports to police, protects the civil liberties of all residents of the Commonwealth, and prevents the squandering of taxpayer money. I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring these important legislative proposals. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Proposal #1 - Ethnic Intimidation - My first bill will increase penalties for individuals who file a false police report with malicious intent towards another person’s race, color, national origin, or religion.

Proposal #2 - Civil Redress - My second bill will encourage businesses to take proactive steps to discourage employees from filing ethnically-motivated false police reports by holding employers civilly liable for damages resulting from employee’s violations of an individual’s civil rights.



Document #1

Description:
 
  Proposal #1 - Ethnic Intimidation - My first bill will increase penalties for individuals who file a false police report with malicious intent towards another person’s race, color, national origin, or religion.
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Document #2

Description: Proposal #2 - Civil Redress - My second bill will encourage businesses to take proactive steps to discourage employees from filing ethnically-motivated false police reports by holding employers civilly liable for damages resulting from employee’s violations of an individual’s civil rights.  
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