FAKE 911 CALLS: Minnesota lawmakers want tougher penalties - KMSP-TV

FAKE 911 CALLS: Minnesota lawmakers want tougher penalties

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

Minnesota lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it a misdemeanor to call 911 when there's no real emergency.

The law would make it a gross misdemeanor if the 911 call was intended to lure police somewhere, and the charge could become a felony if the call results in serious injury.

This past summer, a Minneapolis man stabbed two park police officers after luring them to a Minnehaha Creek bridge with a fake 911 call. Marsenior Pede Johnson, 39, was convicted of attempted murder following a two week trial.

The fake 911 call bill covers both phone calls and text messages. It now heads to the House Public Safety Committee.

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