Through largely peaceful demonstrations in support of racial justice, protesters in the United States and elsewhere are calling attention to racism and violence at the hands of law enforcement, including the dangerous proliferation of crowd-control weapons (CCWs). Inadequate regulation, training, monitoring, and accountability have led to the widespread use and misuse of these weapons, resulting in injury, disability, and death.
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) will host a conversation on the role of health professionals and human rights activists in advocating against excessive use of force and offer a medical perspective on the misuse of CCWs and how people can protect themselves.
Rohini Haar, MD, MPH, a medical expert and research and investigations advisor at PHR, lecturer at the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health, and expert on CCWs, will moderate the discussion.
Panelists will be:
• Mustafa Abdullah, senior regional organizing director for the American Civil Liberties Union
• Sebnem Korur Financi, MD, president of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, emeritus professor of forensic medicine at Istanbul University, and member of PHR’s Advisory Council
• Alden Landry, MD, MPH, assistant professor of emergency medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and assistant dean for the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership, associate director and advisor for the William B. Castle Society, and director of health equity education at Harvard Medical School
• Teresa Y. Smith, MD, MSEd, an emergency physician who serves as associate dean of graduate medical education and affiliations and as a clinical advisory dean at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University/Kings County Hospital Center
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