According to a new poll by the Associated Press, a majority of black people- 3 out of 5 to be exact- say that the police treat them unfairly and their race is the reason why.

This information comes from a survey taken by the Associated Press’ NORC Center for Public Affairs Research as we are approach the one year mark since Michael Brown was killed by police.

Sixty percent of black men said they personally have been treated unfairly by police because of their race, compared to just three percent of whites.  Fifteen more percent claimed they knew a family member who was treated unfairly because of their race.

Even white people agreed that blacks could get treated unfairly with their statistics showing 58% to 42% of blacks get treated roughly. And they’re more likely to get deadly force used against them, 42% to 29%.

The poll goes on to show that 71% of blacks think that the justice system treats police too leniently when they kill or hurt people. Forty six percent of whites say they get treated fairly while another third of whites say they are getting away with it.

Also, of whites said a major reason that police use excessive force is because civilians confront the police instead of cooperating when stopped. 75% of blacks said it’s because the consequences of police misconduct is small, and very few officers get charged for excessive use of force.

Whites and blacks didn’t agree on whether police are more likely to use deadly force on blacks. 74% of whites believe that race has nothing to do with how police in the community uses deadly force. 71 percent of blacks think police are more likely to use deadly force against blacks in the community and an astonishing 85% believe that this is the case all across the country.


The AP-NORC Poll consisted of 1,223 adults, including 311 black adults, was taken online and by telephone July 17-July 19, using a sample drawn from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak panel, which is designed to be an accurate representation of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for respondents as a whole is plus or minus 4.2 percentage points. For the results among black respondents, the margin of error is plus or minus 9.1 percentage points.

With the past year as evidence to back the finding of this study up, all we have to say is… Tell us something we don’t know.

About The Author J. Davis

20. Michigan State University Junior.

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