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California Transportation Police are moving away from terms that recent progressive research deems "racist and unscientific."
Police behind Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), which serves the San Francisco Bay Area, removed the term "excited delirium" from manuals and reports Did.
According to a BART Police Department (BPD) press release, the move is the next step in becoming "the most progressive traffic law enforcement agency in the country."
"Removing this term from his BPD policy manual is a significant step toward racial equality in policing at BART," said BART's independent police inspector. Russell Bloom said in a statement. "Me and my team look forward to overseeing the implementation of this policy revision."
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San Jose, United States - May 10, 2016: San Francisco BART train at San Jose Station on a sunny day. A few people are waiting in the background.
"Agitated delirium" is commonly used in police reports and not an official medical diagnosis, but usually while in police custody, someone It represents a state of extreme aggression and distress. Police stationshave frequently used it since the 1980s to describe custodial deaths related to suffocation or cardiac arrest.
San Francisco defended police before turning course next year amid growing calls for 'accountability'48} Due to its frequent use, the term has been scrutinized by left-wing reformers to describe deaths in custody that may result from police brutality. They argue that the term is disproportionately applied to black and brown people.
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American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, The World Health Organization, National Association of Medical Examiners has rejected all use of the term medically invalid.
A March 2022 study found that a progressive non-profit called Physicians for Human Rights went a step further, saying that the term "separates itself from its racist and unscientific origins." I can't," he claimed.
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Riders will depart the Antioch, Calif., BART station on Monday, March 22, 2021. depart.(Jane Tiska/Digital First Media/East Bay Times via Getty Images)
, may have been influenced by anger over the death of Angelo Quinto. His neck is said to have been on his knees for five minutes by officers. His death was described as the result of "excited delirium".