Frank Edwards

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courtesy Frank Edwards

African-American men are 2.5 times more likely to be killed by police than white men, according to a study appearing in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). Coauthor Frank Edwards, assistant professor at the School of Criminal Justice, told Newsweek: “Policing is contributing to early death both through the use of fatal force and through aggressive tactics that have been found to have severe negative effects on the physical and mental health of people of color who live in over-policed communities.” Edwards believes that community problems that police currently respond to could be more effectively addressed by recognizing them largely as public health and social issues, rather than criminal encounters, and by funding community-based services outside of the criminal justice system.