Majority of African Americans Experience Unfair Police Treatment
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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.

(Image: The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research)

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.


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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.