California police no longer uses the word racist and pseudoscientific in its official communications – California’s transportation police are now distancing themselves from a word considered “racist and unscientific” by recent progressive research. The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police department, which serves the San Francisco Bay Area, has eliminated the word “excited delirium” from its manuals and reports.
According to a news release from the BART Police Department (BPD), this is their next step in becoming “the most advanced transit law enforcement organization in the nation.” “Removing this phrase from the BPD policy handbook is a significant step toward racial justice in policing at BART,” said Russell Bloom, BART’s independent police auditor. My staff and I anticipate monitoring the execution of this revised policy.
The term “excited delirium,” which is often used in police reports but not formal medical diagnosis, refers to a condition in which an individual is exceedingly hostile and disturbed, typically while being restrained by an officer. Since the 1980s, police agencies have commonly used this term to indicate in-custody fatalities caused by suffocation or cardiac arrest.
Left-leaning reformers have criticized the word since it is often used to describe in-custody fatalities that may result from police abuse. Progressive research claim that the phrase is used disproportionately against Black and Brown individuals.
Medically invalid, according to the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, the World Health Organization, and the National Association of Medical Examiners.
According to a March 2022 research, the leftist organization Physicians for Human Rights contended that the phrase “cannot be disentangled from its racist and unscientific roots.”
Outrage at the death of Angelo Quinto, a Navy veteran from Northern California who died in 2020 after an officer reportedly kneeled on his neck for 5 minutes, certainly affected the decision of the Boston Police Department. The cause of his death was listed as “excited delirium.”
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