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Gun violence brings trauma to communities and cops

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St. Paul police shooting
Investigators and officers were on the scene Sunday of a shooting involving St. Paul police in the city's Hamline-Midway neighborhood.
Tim Nelson | MPR News

On Sunday in St. Paul, a police officer fatally shot a man who rear-ended the officer’s squad car and then fought with him, according to authorities.

This comes a week after St. Paul police officers were called to three homicides within nine hours.

As families and community members of the shooting victims grieve, there’s growing concern in law enforcement that responding to traumatic calls without mental health support can take a toll on the well-being of officers.

MPR News host Angela Davis led a conversation Monday about the impact of police work on officers and the communities they police.


  • Tim NelsonMPR News reporter

  • The Rev. Richard Pittman, vice president of the St. Paul NAACP and pastor at House of Praise in St. Paul

  • Jon CollinsMPR News reporter

  • Dr. Steve Nortonlicensed psychologist based in Rochester, Minn. He’s a specialist in police psychology

  • Sonya Eastham, deputy sergeant and mental health professional, Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office

Use the audio player above to listen to the program.

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