Presented by the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium and the Center for Racial and Economic Justice
Police killings of unarmed Black people as they go about their daily lives was once again on display in 2020 with the killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks among others. The ensuing racial justice uprisings, amid the COVID pandemic, have highlighted longstanding social and health inequities in the United States. Police violence is a significant contributor to racial health disparities and a threat to public health. Not only do unjust murders and acts of violence cause immediate physical harm to individual victims, but the sustained threat of death and violence on Black people over their lifetime exacts an emotional and physiological toll, which also adversely affects health outcomes. This panel explores the intersection between police violence and racial health disparities and the steps that could be taken to address the structural factors contributing to this public health problem.
Featuring panelists Osagie Obasogie, Haas Distinguished Chair and Professor of Bioethics, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, Priscilla Ocen, Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, Rhea Boyd, Director of Strategy and Equity, California Children’s Trust, Brandon Greene, Racial and Economic Justice Director, ACLU Northern California, and Pam Ward, Member of the Speaker Bureau, San Mateo County Health. Moderated by Anansi Wilson, Adjunct Faculty and Affiliated Scholar, UC Hastings.