Half of likely U.S. voters do not believe that most black Americans are victimized by police, a new Rasmussen Reports poll
The survey, taken Monday and Tuesday, and in the wake of violent protests that occurred in Ferguson, Missouri last week after a grand jury failed to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of a black teen, found 38 percent believe most blacks get unfair treatment by cops. About 13 percent said they were unsure, Rasmussen said.
The results track along with a Rasmussen poll taken in 2013
following the divisive verdict in the Trayvon Martin shooting death case in Florida, which found that 46 percent of voters polled believe the U.S. justice system treats black and Hispanic Americans fairly. In that survey, 36 percent noted that the system was unfair to both racial minority groups.
Black voters, in a separate poll
from The Washington Post and ABC News, show less support for the way President Barack Obama has handled the Ferguson situation, the Post noted.
While 60 percent said they approved, that figure is far lower than approval ratings offered by black voters on a host of other issues including the economy, healthcare and the Ebola crisis, the Post noted, cautioning, however, that the latest poll's sample size was small, which makes drawing "fast conclusions difficult."
The same poll found that most African-American voters — 85 percent — did not approve of the Ferguson grand jury's decision, with a full 85 percent calling for federal civil rights charges against Officer Darren Wilson, who shot teen Michael Brown to death, the Post noted. Wilson has since resigned.
A week after the grand jury decision, protests continue around the country, The New York Times reported
, including on university campuses. At Harvard, Professor Charles J. Ogletree, who founded the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, urged students to continue to use their voices to speak up against police misconduct.
"Everyone has to get involved. Your friends, your neighbors, even your enemies,” Ogletree said, according to the Times. "We have to make sure that we are the people standing up for the people who find themselves victims of police violence.”
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