From the Document: "As the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic continues to shock the globe and disproportionately affect Black communities, an additional long-running U.S. epidemic has rapidly gained domestic and global awareness: disproportionate police brutality against the Black community. Being killed by the police is a leading cause of death for Black men in America. Blacks are 3.5 times more likely than Whites to be killed by a police officer in the U.S. [...] The historical upholding of white supremist values in criminal justice policies, degradation of economic opportunity in the Black community, and Black political and economic marginalization have resulted in the senseless and preventable loss of countless Black lives. If citizens in all 50 states and numerous countries are protesting about the unnecessary killings of Black people by the American police, it is safe to assume that the current system is broken."
Lerner Center Issue Brief No. 31
Syracuse University. Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion
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