I'm creating this for a central thread of discussion. There were a few scattered discussion that I think can be covered here, for example legalizing sex work and drug use.
One thing about too many of these polls, is that I wish they would include at least Asians, Multiracials and Native Americans.
Please no fighting, not ganging up, don't make it personal, follow the rules, keep it educational.
I'm hungry I will snip and temp ban in a New York minute
June 4, 2020 11:57AM
Americans Don't Want to #Defund Police, Instead They Agree on Reform
By Emily Ekins
Connor Friedersdor writes in the Atlantic that police reform is popular, while rioting is not. He's right. While only 16% of Americans favor cutting funding for police departments, the Cato Criminal Justice National Survey found that Americans across racial and political backgrounds support a variety of policy changes that reformers say would help mend fences between police and the communities they serve.
It's true that Americans of different racial backgrounds have vastly different perceptions of police. Strong majorities of African Americans believe police are too quick to resort to deadly force (73%) and aren't held accountable for misconduct if it happens (64%). On the other hand, whites believe police use deadly force only when necessary (65%) and generally are held accountable for bad behavior (57%). But the racial divide in perceptions largely vanishes when it comes to policy reforms. The Cato survey found:
1.) 79% of Americans support having outside law enforcement agencies investigate police misconduct, rather than leave it to the department to handle. It may surprise some readers to learn that most jurisdictions in the U.S. allow police departments to investigate and discipline their own officers. Instead, most Americans think having some outside oversight could enhance accountability. Majorities across racial groups support this: 81% of whites, 82% of blacks, and 66% of Latinos support outside investigations of misconduct.
2.) 65% of Americans believe racial profiling is commonly used, but nearly the same share oppose it. 63% oppose the practice of police stopping motorists or pedestrians of certain racial or ethnic groups if police believe that these groups are more likely than others to commit certain types of crimes. 62% of whites, 77% of blacks, and 62% of Hispanics all oppose racial profiling.
3.) 68% support de‐escalation training for police to aid police officers during confrontations with citizens. 62% of whites, 81% of blacks, and 70% of Hispanics support providing this additional training to officers.
4.) 53% think local police departments using military weapons and armored vehicles "goes too far" and aren't necessary for law enforcement purposes. Presumably, these same Americans think police ought not to use such equipment. 53% of whites, 58% of blacks, and 51% of Hispanics think local police using military weapons goes too far.
5.) 89% support the police wearing body cameras. Americans don't think this is just for civilians' benefit—but for police officers too. Nearly three‐fourths (74%) think body cameras equally protect police officers who wear them and citizens who interact with them. 90% of whites, 89% of blacks, and 87% of Hispanics support police wearing body cameras.
6.) 73% support a law requiring police officers to notify citizens when a stop is voluntary and they are free to decline a search, including 74% of whites, 63% of blacks, and 74% of Latinos.
7.) 54% favor treating drug offenses like minor traffic violations with small fines rather than as felonies. Some scholars believe cooling the drug war could reduce the number of high stakes encounters between police and communities thereby helping to rebuild trust. 54% of whites, 59% of blacks, and 52% of Hispanics support re‐categorizing drug offenses from felonies to civil offenses.
8.) 84% support ending a practice called civil asset forfeiture in which police may take money or property of a person they suspect may have been involved in a crime before the person is convicted. 84% of whites, 86% of blacks, and 80% of Hispanics think police should only be allowed to seize property after a conviction.
This is only parts to start the discussion, read the full information at the link
2017 President Obama addressed...protestors about working together and acknowledging that bridges needed to be built.
At a memorial service for the slain five police officers at Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, he said "When anyone paints all police as biased or bigoted, we undermine those officers we depend on for our safety."