Neighborhood Police Encounters, Health, And Violence In A Southern City

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Growing evidence indicates that policy around policing needs to focus on the relationship between frequent police interactions and health and violence outcomes. Average rates of police stop-and-frisk encounters were over three times greater for Black adults, compared to their white counterparts, in an ecological, cross-sectional study in New Orleans Louisiana. Neighborhoods where these encounters were higher also had significantly higher rates of poor physical health, smoking, and physical inactivity. These neighborhoods also experienced more violent crime and domestic violence.

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