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Emergency physicians and police brutality
  1. J S Ford
  1. Correspondence to Dr J S Ford, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA; johnsfordmd{at}

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The survey by Hutson et al1 of 393 academic emergency physicians demonstrated their almost universal sense that the police engage in excessive force. Although this result is provocative, it is not as informative as one might think. The opinions of such doctors would certainly be expected to carry great weight in discussions regarding healthcare issues. However, determinations of the appropriateness of police “use of force” is not such an issue and rather falls under the rubric of criminal …

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