Majorities of police officers say that recent high-profile encounters between black citizens and police have made their jobs riskier and left many officers reluctant to fully carry out some of their duties.
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In their own words: How Americans reacted to the rioting at the U.S. Capitol
“Saddened, hurt, disgusted,” one woman in her 50s said. “Never thought I would see anything like this in my life.”
What the data says (and doesn’t say) about crime in the United States
The two primary sources of government crime statistics both paint an incomplete picture, though efforts at improvement are underway.
Americans have heard more about clashes between police and protesters than other recent news stories
The public is more likely to have heard “a lot” about ongoing confrontations between police and protesters than several other stories.
Support for Black Lives Matter has decreased since June but remains strong among Black Americans
55% of U.S. adults now express at least some support for the Black Lives Matter movement, down from 67% in June.
Majority of Public Favors Giving Civilians the Power to Sue Police Officers for Misconduct
While declining shares give police forces positive marks for their use of force, treatment of racial groups and officer accountability, there is little support for cuts in spending on local policing.
Recent protest attendees are more racially and ethnically diverse, younger than Americans overall
Americans who recently protested are more likely to live in an urban area and to identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party.
Amid Protests, Majorities Across Racial and Ethnic Groups Express Support for the Black Lives Matter Movement
As demonstrations continue across the country to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man killed while in Minneapolis police custody, Americans see the protests both as a reaction to Floyd’s death and an expression of frustration over longstanding issues.
A month before George Floyd’s death, black and white Americans differed sharply in confidence in the police
In April, 78% of Americans overall – but 56% of black Americans – said they had confidence in police officers to act in the public's best interests.
10 things we know about race and policing in the U.S.
Black adults are about five times as likely as whites to say they’ve been unfairly stopped by police because of their race or ethnicity.
About half of Americans are OK with DNA testing companies sharing user data with law enforcement
The use of at-home DNA testing kits has raised concerns about whether consumers are comfortable with the use of their data by police.
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