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Police Violence is a Public Health Issue

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March 3, 2021

By brief authors Amy Carroll-Scott, PhD, MPH; Samantha Rivera Joseph, MPH; and Danny Galpern, MPH:

Members of the Community Violence Working Group, which is funded by the Dornsife School of Public Health's Urban Health Collaborative (UHC), have authored a new data brief that shares available data on police-inflicted violence in Philadelphia.

The brief, titled "Police Violence is a Public Health Issue,” was created to address recent calls for racial justice and reforming law enforcement systems and to provide context and data for advocacy efforts to address racial profiling, police brutality, and de-escalation practices and policies within the Philadelphia Police Department.

Gun violence is a devastating public health issue which directly harms individuals and communities, in both immediate and longer-term ways. Police violence can cause injury, psychological trauma, and most severely death. The context of police violence also negatively affects the mental and physical health of Black families and communities who are co-victims in these traumatic incidences.

Read the full article on the UHC website