Study: Police-Inflicted Injuries Send More Than 50,000 To Emergency Rooms EVERY YEAR


Study: Police-Inflicted Injuries Send More Than 50,000 To Emergency Rooms EVERY YEAR

By Lily Dane

A new study published by JAMA Surgery found that from 2006 to 2012, there were approximately 51,000 emergency department visits per year for patients injured by law enforcement in the United States, with this number stable over this time period.

From the press release:

During this time period, there were 355,677 ED visits for injuries by law enforcement, and frequencies did not increase over time. Of these visits, 0.3 percent (n = 1,202) resulted in death. More than 80 percent of patients were men, and the average age of patients was 32 years. Most lived in zip codes with median household income less than the national average, and 81 percent lived in urban areas. Injuries by law enforcement were more common in the South and West and less common in the Northeast and Midwest. Most injuries by law enforcement resulted from being struck, with gunshot and stab wounds accounting for fewer than seven percent. Most injuries were minor. Medically identified substance abuse was common in patients injured by police, as was mental illness….http://www.activistpost.com/2017/04/study-police-inflicted-injuries-send-50000-emergency-rooms-every-year.html?utm_source=Activist+Post+Subscribers&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=3bffb936c9-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_term=0_b0c7fb76bd-3bffb936c9-387757729