Background


Who We Are:

End Police Violence Collective is a growing group of public health researchers, teachers, graduate students, non-profit leaders, and community organizers that came to together to draft and organize around passing the APHA statement “Addressing Law Enforcement Violence as a Public Health Issue.” This statement is rooted in the work of grassroots organizing against state-mediated violence. It is a statement that recognizes how structural racism and institutional oppression shape population patterns of law enforcement violence and it is a statement firmly committed to a public health alternative, recommending upstream, community-based and community-led solutions.

Law enforcement violence is a public health issue:

To work toward improving the health of all people, public health must examine and address all sources of poor health and well-being for our communities. Harassment and violence by law enforcement officers result in deaths, injuries, trauma, and stress, which disproportionately affect people of color and other marginalized populations such as immigrants, individuals experiencing houselessness, members of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community, and individuals with mental illness. We, as public health practitioners, researchers, and organizers must collectively approach law enforcement violence as a public health issue. That our field has taken a formal stance on this issue is an important step! The work continues!