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“What can public health do about riots?” in Rebel Public Health

To prevent the next set of fires, Baltimore is going to have to pull together like never before. Public health must play a role, too.

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René F. Najera, DrPH

I'm a Doctor of Public Health, having studied at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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  1. There is only one problem with what you’ve suggested, when it comes to our political leadership. Our politicians pander to the fundamentalist, “hard on crime”, war on drugs minority and worse, when the maniacs convince the majority that punishment is superior to rehabilitation.
    The US penal systems have vacillated between rehabilitation and punishment, we’re currently in a punishment cycle.
    We have the “War on X”, with X being whatever the political leadership can sell to get more votes, to hell with the long term good of the nation, expert advice be sent to file 13.

    Here’s a surprise for you. I’m currently 12 miles and change from Baltimore, my hotel room around 6 miles from Baltimore. I watched channel 2 news coverage, trying not to cry over the destruction and potential for loss of life of US citizens at the hands of their peers.
    I also recall something that the media figured out a week after I had written a piece on Daily Kos about what is called “A nickle ride” and other places, “a rough ride”. It takes a hell of a lot of force to fracture cervical vertebrae, that force is easy when a motor vehicle is concerned.
    My diary:

    Now, when did we go back to accepting summary justice and summary execution in our streets?
    When did we decide it was acceptable to hold people for three and four days without charge, held in overcrowded cells with no potable water and fed cheese and bread three times a day?
    When did our cities become Constitution free zones?

    That isn’t what I served for nearly 28 years of military service to defend.
    To be truthful, I’m ashamed to have defended that and not staying home to defend what is ignoring the most fundamental parts of its founding principles.
    Something that is now tearing our cities and society apart.
    So, perhaps for a change, the leadership of this nation will finally listen to actual experts, rather than the extremists who know nothing factual about our society’s ills.


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