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Study on Police Abuse Finds Racial Disparities, Link to Depression and Distress

Residents who have suffered physical or psychological abuse by police — a more common experience in minority communities — are statistically more likely to suffer from depression or psychological distress, according to a new study out of the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Jordan DeVylder, an assistant professor at the university's School of Social Work and the study's lead author, said he and his colleagues were driven to conduct the survey because of a dearth of existing research on the fiercely-debated topic.

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