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By Brianna Patt, Dallas Weekly
The solution to police brutality continues to be more funding under the belief that police, like many city servants, are overworked and underfunded. However, this is not the case.
According to the Center for Health Journalism, Black men and boys face the highest lifetime risk of being killed by police, with one in 1,000 likely to be killed by police in their lifetime, as well as being more likely to be stopped and frisked. This can in turn result in an increased hypervigilance in communities where there are over policing.
“This frequent surveillance and unnecessary criminalization of Black and brown communities by officers are forms of racism and they have lots of consequences for population health equity,” Hedwig Lee, co-director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Equity at Washington University in St. Louis said.
So, the increase in police in Dallas is not really a fix. In fact, it may increase the already present fear in the Black community regarding police.
Patt suggests fixes to this problem.
Check out this guide to defunding the police and the benefits when funds are spent elsewhere.
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