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Wisconsin representative introduces "BBQ Becky Bill" to make it a crime to unlawfully call police

Posted at 1:02 PM, Dec 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 14:39:48-05

MILWAUKEE — A new bill has been introduced to the Wisconsin state legislature that could make it a crime to summon police officers without just cause.

Rep. LaKeshia Myers authored the bill that, if passed, would make it a Class C misdemeanor if someone causes, "a law enforcement officer to arrive at a location for a reason other than suspected criminal activity should the other person pose no risk of danger or threat of personal property," a press release said.

The bill is nicknamed "BBQ Becky Bill" after a 2018 incident when a California woman called the police on a family that was having a picnic in a park. The family was detained before police let them go.

The bill is trying to combat similar situations that have been reported across the country like when cops were called on a boy who was selling water without a permit and a CVS cashier who called the police because of a potential counterfiet coupon.