How do you perceive your interactions with police?

By Cultural Editor

How do you perceive your interactions with police? If you’re black, you have less confidence in the police. If you’re white, you have greater confidence in the police.

According to a recent Gallup poll conducted in June of this year, 29 percent of blacks are confident in local law enforcement. This is in contrast to 58 percent of whites who are confident in local law enforcement. But lack of confidence is just the beginning.

The attitudes of how racial minorities are treated by police are also different between whites and blacks. For whites, more than three-quarters believe that racial minorities are treated fairly. However, blacks are more skeptical in their attitudes. About half of blacks believe that racial minorities are treated fairly. But how do blacks and whites view the treatment of blacks by police?

As Gallop historical data illustrates, blacks have always been much more likely to perceive their interactions and treatment with police as more unfair than how whites viewed how blacks were treated by police, and this year is no different. Currently, 67 percent of blacks believe they “are treated less fairly.” This is contrast to how whites view how blacks are treated by police. Less whites in general believe that blacks are treated less fairly. Hence

40% of whites say that blacks are treated less fairly by police, up slightly from last year’s 34%.

As the data shows, the number of whites who believe that blacks are treated less fairly by police is up by 6 percent.

In addition to this difference in perception,

black Americans have historically been relatively unlikely to report having been mistreated by police within the 30 days prior to being interviewed.

18 percent of blacks in 2016 reported unfair treatment by police within this 30 day period. And this percentage has remained fairly constant the past few years but is down from a decade ago.
 
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