Cops out of Care Work: May 27th 2021 at 6:00 PM
This panel was the first panel in our Cops out of Care Work Summer Series and took place in May 2021.
Triage protocol, the tragedy of long-term care, and the ongoing deaths of disabled people at the hands of state violence demonstrate the endemic role of police and policing in the lives of disabled people. Disabled people are subject to policing across the carceral, psychiatric, medical and geriatric system. The Mental Health Act positions cops as medical transit. Greeting the cops at the door are security guards, armed with policing powers. Once inside the hospital, medical personnel police who deserves access to care. Once deemed too “deviant”, or too disabled, disabled people are forcibly institutionalized, locked in long-term care institutions, group homes, prisons and psychiatric institutions.
View the first panel of our summer series to learn about the interconnection between disability, policing and prisons. This panel featured El Jones, Souheil Benslimane, Megan Linton, and Cyree Jarelle