911 And Racism: When The Emergency Response Fuels The Emergency

March 8, 2021

By Katya Fels Smyth

From the article: "...To this, we must add lifting up and wrestling with history, and engaging the people and communities who have been most proximate to the harms in fundamentally reimagining 911. Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff and The Center for Policing Equity note, “All communities — but particularly vulnerable communities — are safest when they have the resources they need to prevent the crises that produce calls to 911.” The civil rights actions of the 1960s, as now, were calls for equitable access to resources by and in communities of color. Government’s response then was not to listen to or join with community leaders, but instead to create a mechanism where “semi-anonymous callers (knowingly or not) may release devastating police violence.” 60 years later, the same patterns persist...."

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