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Legislation Targets Phony Police Calls

February 17, 2002
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Legislation Targets Phony Police Calls

Associated Press

WHITE LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A state representative has introduced legislation that would make it illegal to endanger police officers needlessly, such as by reporting phony emergencies.

State Rep. Mike Kowall told The Detroit News for a Sunday story that he decided to push the bill after a sheriff's deputy was sent into a burning house by a woman to save a baby who wasn't there.

"She just wanted her purse that was still inside," said Kowall, R-White Lake Township. "That's just ridiculous. Every time (police) leave their house, there is no guarantee they will return in the same shape. To put them unnecessarily in danger by stupidity - there is just no excuse for it."

Kowall's bill would make endangering a police officer a four-year felony, the same as endangering a firefighter's life.

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