Recent USA Today and Pew Research poll covers police accountability, use of force and racial equality

Many Americans are talking about how police interact with the public and whether or not they are held accountable for their actions in the wake of the death of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Missouri.

News 12 Staff

Aug 26, 2014, 8:21 PM

Updated 3,581 days ago

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Many Americans are talking about how police interact with the public and whether or not they are held accountable for their actions in the wake of the death of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Missouri.
A recent USA Today and Pew Research poll reports for every one American, two believe police officers do not do a good job in using the right amount of force, treating racial groups equally and holding other officers accountable.
Roughly 74 percent of whites have a "great deal" or "fair" amount of trust in their community's police officers to not use excessive force, while 59 percent of African Americans say they lack confidence in their community's police force.
When it comes to cops treating blacks and whites equally, more than 60 percent of African Americans have "just some" or "very little" confidence in their officers to do so, while more than 70 percent of whites have a "great deal" or "fair amount" of trust in police to treat everyone the same.
Across racial groups, 65 percent of people polled say police departments do an "only fair" job when it comes to holding officers accountable for misconduct, compared with 30 percent who say they do a "good" or "excellent" job. 
The report also touches on whether Americans have confidence in police departments to use military equipment appropriately. More than four in 10 Americans say they have little confidence in departments' ability to use those weapons properly.
President Obama ordered a review of the program, which disperses gear to local departments, this past weekend.


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