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Races have different views of the shooting in Missouri
August 19, 2014 - Andrea Johnson
Once again, blacks, whites and Hispanics have dramatically different points of view regarding the shooting of a black teenager.
Pew Research conducted a poll of 1,000 adults between Aug. 14-17 about the shooting of 18-year-old black teenager Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo.
Eighty percent of the black adults surveyed think the shooting raises important issues about race; 50 percent of Hispanics thought so and 37 percent of whites thought so. 47 percent of whites thought race as an issue was getting too much attention; 25 percent of Hispanics and 18 percent of blacks agreed. Sixty-five percent of the blacks surveyed thought the police had gone too far in its response to protests after the shooting; 33 percent of whites thought the same.
Republicans are less likely than Democrats to think the police overreacted. Forty three percent of Republicans think the police went too far; 20 percent said they went too far; 37 percent have no opinion. Fifty six percent of Democrats say the cops overreached; 21 percent of Democrats say the police reaction was bout right and 23 percent have no opinion.
The reaction to the shooting is being compared to last year's case involving the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, a volunteer neighborhood watchman.
Both cases involved teenagers who weren't armed when they were shot. However, the Ferguson police released a video surveillance tape appearing to show Brown stealing cigars and manhandling a store clerk just minutes before his confrontation with the police officer. The family of Michael Brown objects to that footage being released and say the police are trying to smear their son's memory. As the details emerge, we will probably have a better idea of what actually happened and whether the police officer should be charged with a crime.
What do you make of the shooting of Michael Brown and the ensuing protests and rioting in Ferguson?
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