Do violent law tactics create PTSD?


What are the long-term effects of police militarization on communities of color?

In cities across the United States, protests have broken out in response to police violence and the deaths of people like Alton Sterling, Tamir Rice, Mike Brown and Eric Garner, among many others. These actions have been met with aggressive police force and in turn creates not only mistrust towards law enforcement, but also psychological impacts on individuals like PTSD, anxiety and depression.

In a feature for The Nation titled, “Protesters Against Police Violence Risk the Very Thing They’re Fighting,” writer Collier Meyerson explores the psychological toll on the community of Baton Rouge, which had encounters with police after protesting Philando Castile’s death. Meyerson told “Salon Talks” that she only found one study looking into the effects on emotional health, and very little writing addressing the issue.

D. Watkins also joined Salon’s Alyona Minkovski to discuss how the stigma of mental health and a distrust of institutions leads to a void in talking about and dealing with this problem head on.

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