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We appreciate Dr Ford’s letter in response to our article entitled “Excessive use of force by police: a survey of academic emergency physicians.”1 As he pointed out, almost all respondents to our randomised survey of academic emergency physicians in the USA believed that excessive use of force by law enforcement does occur. This is substantiated by statistics from the US Department of Justice in their “Special report—citizen complaints about police use of force”, in which data from 2002 revealed that 8% of 26 556 citizen complaints of police use of force were sustained. In addition, 34% of the complaints were not sustained due to insufficient evidence to prove that excessive use of force actually …
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