According to research conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, three out of five African-Americans in the U.S. have either been mistreated by police officers personally or have a family member who has had an unfair experience with law enforcement. Survey respondents cited race as the reason for their treatment.
Further, black participants were more likely to say police violence against the public in the United States is a very or extremely serious problem (73%), compared with whites (20%). 51% of Hispanics in the survey described police violence as a very or extremely serious problem.
More findings from the survey indicate the following:
- 81% of black respondents said police use deadly force too quickly, compared with 61% of Hispanics and 33% of whites.
- Nearly 71% of black participants said police in their own community are more likely to use force against a black person compared with 47% of Hispanics and 24% of whites.