SECTION 1. Section 11I of Chapter 12 of the Massachusetts General Laws is hereby amended by adding a new subsection (b):
(b) A private right of action shall exist against any person who intentionally summons a police officer without reason to suspect a violation of a criminal law, any criminal conduct or an imminent threat to person or property by an individual or group of individuals, in whole or in part because of a belief or perception regarding the race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation of a person. An individual who summons a police officer under such circumstances shall be liable in a private civil action brought by the individual or group of individuals for injunctive relief, damages or other appropriate relief. If it shall appear to the satisfaction of the court that the respondent has, in fact, violated this section, an injunction may be issued by such court, enjoining and restraining any further violation, without requiring proof that any person has, in fact, been injured or damaged thereby. For the purposes of this section, a person lacks reason to suspect a violation of a criminal law, any criminal conduct or an imminent threat to person or property if a reasonable person would not suspect such a violation, conduct or threat based on the totality of the circumstances.
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