ACEP Statement on Violence and Bias Involving Police

Press Release:

In response to a series of events involving acts of violence by and against police, the president of the American College of Emergency Physicians Jay Kaplan, MD, FACEP released a statement:

“Emergency physicians every day care for all patients who enter the doors of our emergency departments regardless of their race, religion, or beliefs.  The American College of Emergency Physicians, representing more than 37,000 of those physicians, has been deeply distressed by the ever more apparent sense of divisiveness and bias being demonstrated in our society.  The recent shooting deaths of African American men by police in Tulsa, Okla. and Charlotte, N.C., just months after similar violence in Baton Rouge, La. and St. Paul, Minn. are appalling evidence of the prejudice which has been directed toward those who are black.

In addition, the lawless shooting and killing of police officers in Dallas, Texas and Baton Rouge, La. and others who wear blue in the line of duty is unconscionable.  As the physicians who most often care first for all victims of violent injury, we call for an end to all forms of gun violence.  Our prayers go out to the families of all those who have been slain or injured.

ACEP joins with other professional physician organizations in supporting the institution of measures that will prevent the continued loss of life and the eradication of racial prejudice in the enforcement of law.  It is irrational that people of color or different religious beliefs cannot walk their own streets without fearing of violence against them and the sudden loss of life.  We must confront the role of racism and bigotry in our culture, and we must not allow those who promote continued escalation of hate, anger and violence to divide us.”

ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.

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