Study examines the costs associated with police brutality

Posted at 1:35 PM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 14:35:36-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — As calls for change continue to ring out across the country, we are looking at the systemic impacts police brutality has on the African American community.

A study from the Golden Gate University School of Law found that African Americans have a higher rate of PTSD than white Americans.

Researchers found that trauma has a higher lifelong carry-over that impacts everyday life activities. The review also adds that when there is loss of life due to police brutality, that causes significant damage to children left to fend for themselves.

Marc Morial, the president of the National Urban League, says the solution lies in community-oriented policing and funding.

“These communities need investments in schools, youth programs [and] housing infrastructure. Inner city America has been hollowed out by public policy and private actions. It’s not fair for the next generation, it’s not fair to leave a mess and leave confusion and leave economic inequality for them,” he said.

Morial also points to neighborhood beautification, summer jobs programs and targeted programs for people coming out of jail and prison as systemic solutions.