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Poll: Two-Thirds of Blacks Harassed by Police

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Two-thirds of young African-Americans and 4 in 10 Hispanics say that they or someone they know has experienced violence or harassment at the hands of the police, according to a new GenForward poll. That includes about 2 in 10 in each group who say that was a personal experience, including about 3 in 10 Black men who say the same. But the poll also shows that young people still desire a police presence in their communities.

GenForward is a survey of adults age 18 to 30 by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The first-of-its-kind poll pays special attention to the voices of young adults of color, highlighting how race and ethnicity shape the opinions of a new generation.

Those poll results come after the killing of several young Black men by police around the country. Two of the more recent killings were the July 5 shooting death of Alton Sterling during a struggle with officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the fatal shooting of Philando Castile the following day by an officer in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Those shootings were followed by the July 7 killing of five officers in Dallas by a Black gunman during a protest against police shootings of Black suspects. Two police officers and one sheriff’s deputy were shot and killed by a Black gunman during a July 17 ambush in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


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