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Police-Involved Injuries of Civilians Rise Nearly 50%, Harvard Researchers Say

Source: The Guardian

US policing

Police-involved injuries of civilians rise nearly 50%, Harvard researchers say

Study looked at emergency visits over 14-year period and also found black men were more likely to be injured by police and security guards than white men

Ciara McCarthy in New York
Friday 9 September 2016 10.02 EDT Last modified on Friday 9 September 2016 10.45 EDT

The rate of serious injuries caused by police and private security increased nearly 50% from 2001 to 2014, according to a new study from Harvard public health researchers that looked at emergency room visits.

An article published this week reviewed hospital emergency room data to analyze non-fatal injuries following “legal intervention” – defined in this study as a wound inflicted by police officers or private security guards. In the 14-year period examined, the rate of these injuries per 100,000 people increased by 47.4%. The analysis is one of few that can provide a longitudinal study of police use of force over time, according to lead author Justin Feldman.

The article also concluded that black civilians, and particularly black men, are significantly more likely to be injured by police than their white counterparts, a trend carried over in numerous analyses of police killings and fatal shootings. Black people were injured and sought treatment at a rate 4.9 times higher than whites, according to the research.


Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/09/police-involved-injuries-civilian-harvard-study

Firefighters in Iowa Revive Cat Rescued from Basement of Burning House

ABC News (@ABC)
9/9/16, 9:53 AM
Firefighters in Iowa revive cat that had been rescued from the basement of a burning house. pic.twitter.com/1M2ilFvbJi


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