According to a new Gallup poll, 61 percent of black Americans want the level of police presence in their neighborhoods to remain the same — even in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death and the destructive anti-police riots.
The study includes large samples of Black, Hispanic and Asian Americans, weighted to their correct proportions of the population.
Of these four racial/ethnic groups, Asian Americans are the most likely to want less police presence where they live, with 28% saying this. That contrasts with 12% of White Americans, 17% of Hispanic Americans and 19% of Black Americans.
The slightly elevated frequency with which Black Americans see police in their neighborhood has limited impact on their preferences for changing the local police presence.
Law enforcement is more prevalent in high-crime areas, which tend to be majority black. This reality gives the perception that the police target blacks. But the police are focused on stopping crime and protecting residents, not “oppressing” blacks in these neighborhoods.
The survey also revealed that a majority of black Americans said they are generally confident that the police will treat them well when an encounter occurs.
White leftists who hate the police either don’t know or don’t care that black people living in high-crime areas are the criminals’ targets. They’ve witnessed and/or have been victimized by drive-by and stray-bullet shootings. They want the cops to patrol these areas, even as anti-police rioters wreak havoc in cities. And they also want to be treated with respect.