Policemen at Grand Central Terminal, East 42nd Street, New York, US. Photo: Michael Descharles
Vast majority of black Americans don’t want to abolish police
A new Gallup poll found that 61 percent of black Americans believe that the current number of police officers in their area is good, while 20 percent said they would like even more patrols.
On average, 86 percent of all American adults want the same or more policing where they live. Black Americans are thus as comfortable as any other ethnic group with police presence in their area.
According to the poll, “the slightly elevated frequency with which Black Americans see police in their neighborhood has limited impact on their preferences for changing the local police presence. About a third of Black Americans who say they often see the police in their neighborhood think the police should spend less time there (34 percent); however, the majority of adults in this group think they should spend the same amount of time (56 percent) or more time (10 percent).”
The majority of African Americans, including those “not too confident” about receiving good treatment from the police, want law enforcement to spend either the same amount of time or more time in their areas.
Seventy-nine percent of those who have had an interaction with the police in the past 12 months say they want the police to spend more or the same amount of time in their neighborhood, while only 21 percent believe it should be less.
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