When Doctors Become Cops
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The lines between law enforcement and health care are blurring. Police lean on doctors to provide them with genetic samples, prescription histories, and toxicology results that they could not obtain on their own. This often occurs without a warrant or the patient's consent. At the same time, legislatures are using physicians as regulatory levers to police pregnant and transgender bodies. And due to chronic underfunding of social services, many Americans now receive pseudo-mental health treatment through the courts rather than clinics. Together, these things paint a sinister picture of law enforcement being thrust into medicine in ways that are deeply troubling and vastly under-explored.
Teneille Brown is the James I. Farr Professor of Law, the Associate Dean of Faculty Research, and the Director of the Center for Law and the Biomedical Sciences (LABS) at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. She is also a faculty member in the Center for Health Ethics, Arts, and Humanities (CHeEtAH) in the department of Internal Medicine. She graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, and completed three post-doctoral fellowships at Stanford, one in the Center for Law and the Biosciences, one on the MacArthur Project for Law and Neuroscience, and one at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics. Her research is highly interdisciplinary, and spans a wide range of issues at the intersection of law, genetics, neuroscience, medicine, and ethics. Her work has been highlighted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and on national NPR outlets. She is on the Executive Committee for the AALS Evidence section and the Utah's Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Evidence.
health care and law enforcement; health care and criminal law
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Brown, Teneille, "When Doctors Become Cops" (2023). Conferences and Symposia. 1049.