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In the news: between March 30 - April 6, 2015

Monday, April 6, 2015

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Whites Far More Likely to Approve of Police Striking People - New York Times 

Whites in the United States approve of police officers hitting people in far greater numbers than blacks and Hispanics do, according to a major American trend survey.

Seven of 10 whites polled said they can imagine a situation in which they would approve of a police officer striking an adult male citizen, according to the 2014 General Social Survey. When asked the same question 42 percent of blacks and 38 percent of Hispanics said they could.

The poll results don't surprise experts on American attitudes toward police, who say experiences and history with law enforcement shape opinions about the use of violence by officers.

Charles R. Epp, a University of Kansas professor and author of the book about race and police stops, said the majority of whites believe they are going to get "reasonable and fair" treatment from officers, and that encounters ending in violence are caused by the suspect.

"My strong sense is that African Americans and Hispanics have too often experienced or have heard of experiences of police officers acting unfairly, so they're less willing to support the use of force by police officers," Epp said. "They're not sure it will be used fairly."

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