The American Public Health Association Declares Police Violence a Public Health Issue

he American Public Health Association (APHA)—the nation’s leading public health organization, with over 25,000 members—has declared police violence to be a public health issue.

This was one of a dozen policy statements, including another that opposes the separation of migrant families at the US-Mexico border, adopted at the organization’s annual conference this week.

“Physical and psychological violence that is structurally mediated by the system of law enforcement results in deaths, injuries, trauma, and stress,” reads APHA’s newly adopted policy statement. “Further, certain regulations (e.g., anti-immigrant legislation, policies associated with the war on drugs, and the criminalization of sex work and activities associated with houselessness) have promoted and intensified violence by law enforcement toward marginalized populations.”


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