Americans Have Little Confidence or Trust in Police, Survey Shows

65 percent of poll respondents think police do "only a fair" or poor job in holding police officers accountable when misconduct occurs...
Americans Have Little Confidence or Trust in Police, Survey Shows

by AFP | August 26, 2014


A survey laid bare the distrust the public harbors toward police in the United States, the same day a funeral was held for a black teenager shot dead by a white policeman.

The fatal August 9 shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown has reignited fierce debate about relations between police and African Americans, and police tactics.

Critics say police in the U.S. have become increasingly “militarized” and pointed to the police reaction in the nearly two weeks of protests — some violent — that roiled Ferguson, with some accusing them of being heavy-handed.

The USA Today/Pew Research Center Poll found that 65 percent of respondents said police did “only a fair” or a poor job in holding police officers accountable when misconduct occurs, compared with 30 percent who say they do an excellent or good job.

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