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Half the People Killed by Police Have a Disability

" Almost half of the people who die at the hands of police have some kind of disability, according to a new report, as officers [...]

Almost half of the people who die at the hands of police have some kind of disability, according to a new report, as officers are often drawn into emergencies where urgent care may be more appropriate than lethal force.

The report, published by the Ruderman Family Foundation, a disability organization, proposes that while police interactions with minorities draw increasing scrutiny, disability and health considerations are still neglected in media coverage and law enforcement policy.

“Police have become the default responders to mental health calls,” write the authors, historian David Perry and disability expert Lawrence Carter-Long, who analyzed incidents from 2013 to 2015. They propose that “people with psychiatric disabilities” are presumed to be “dangerous to themselves and others” in police interactions.”

 

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Source: National Council on Independent Living
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Publication Date: 22/06/2017
Source: The Guardian
Author: David Perry
Publication Date: 06/05/2014
Source: The Atlantic
Author: David M. Perry and Lawrence Carter-Long
Publication Date: 14/03/2016
Source: NBC News
Author: Marti Hause and Ari Melber
Publication Date: 3/14/26
Source: NBC News
Author: Marti Hause and Ari Melber