Poll: Sharp Racial Divisions in Reactions to Brown, Garner Decisions

unnamedThe public has very different reactions to the recent grand jury decisions in two police-related deaths that have sparked protests in cities across the country. By 50% to 37%, Americans say a grand jury made the right decision not to charge former Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.

By contrast, a majority (57%) says a grand jury in New York City made the wrong decision in not charging a police officer in the death of Eric Garner. Just 22% viewed that as the right decision…

…Blacks and whites have starkly different views of the decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases, and blacks are far more likely than whites to say that race was a major factor in both rulings…

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  • Exile1981

    The people of Ferguson viewed MB death as an excuse to loot and burn stuff down and a way to get away with it. The outside forces that helped push the agenda wanted Ferguson to be the kick off point for the race war they are trying very hard to start. They didn’t realize that the people of Ferguson just wanted more free stuff and don’t actually care about the war except as a cover for crimes.

  • Thinking From First Principles

    It’s amazing how many people are unaware that the police officers arresting Garner were under the command of a black female Sergeant … who can be seen in the video.

  • FactsWillOut

    Garner was murdered by the cops.

    • David

      Murder is the unlawful killing, with malice aforethought, of another human, and generally this premeditated state of mind distinguishes murder from other forms of unlawful homicide(such as manslaughter).

      I think not.

    • Xavier

      Garner was murdered by too many 2000 calorie meals.