LIVE Twitter Chat: Can 9-1-1 protect us from 'Barbecue Beckys'?


Last April after two Black men were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks, we began writing and investigating fraudulent police calls made by White people. We later launched Should I Call the Cops to track these calls, share stories and potential solutions. We teamed up with Colorlines and Solutions Journalism Network to dig into our first investigation of these calls. Megan traveled to Utah to learn more about the 9-1-1 dispatch systems and the role they play in addressing fraudulent police calls.

On Monday, February 25th, from 3-4PM EST we’re hosting a Twitter chat with Colorlines and Race Forward to further discuss what ways the 9-1-1 dispatch system helps or contributes to the problem of racially biased 9-1-1 calls. I’ll be joined by founder of BLM Utah Lex Scott, IAED, SLC911 and Megan to ask and answer all your questions. Post them and join us Monday using the hashtags #ShouldICalltheCops and #LivingWhileBlack!

If you haven’t already, read Can 9-1-1 Protocols Protect us from Barbecue Beckys? and register for

***Lisa Burnette of SLC911 will be unable to join.


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