Bar Bulletin

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American Public Health Association Agrees: Law Enforcement Violence is a Public Health Issue

March 2020 Bar Bulletin

By Omid Bagheri, MPH and Julianna Alson, MPH

1.8 Billion. Imagine how that amount of money could be invested instead into healthcare, housing, education and other social determinants of health. Instead, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that we’re spending that much on fatal and non-fatal injuries by law enforcement, including medical costs and work lost.

In November 2018, the public health field took major strides toward addressing a critical health equity and human right issue when the American Public Health Association (APHA) adopted a resolution naming law enforcement violence as a public health issue, and urging all...

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