Blacks, Whites Divided Over View of Ferguson

A Tale of Two Cities? Blacks, Whites Sharply Disagree About Ferguson – Rasmussen Reports™

The shooting incident in a St. Louis suburb is still under investigation, and just over half of Americans are not sure yet whether the police officer involved is guilty of murdering a black teenager. But most blacks have already made up their minds that the policeman should be found guilty. Blacks are also more convinced that the violent protests since the shooting occurred are mostly legitimate outrage rather than criminal activity.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 23% of all American Adults believe the police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri should be found guilty of murder. Twenty-six percent (26%) think he was acting in self-defense. Fifty-one percent (51%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of black adults, however, think police officer Darren Wilson should be found guilty of murder, compared to just 17% of whites and 24% of other minority Americans. Most whites (56%) and a plurality (49%) of other minorities are undecided.

Put me in the undecided class.  Anybody who reads me knows I’m no reflexive supporter of the cops, and that I consider the over-militarized, us-or-them, thin blue line mentality espoused by far too many police an abomination.  So I certainly wouldn’t find it surprising if Darren Wilson had killed Michael Brown in cold blood without due cause.  But right at the moment I don’t know enough to make a rational judgment. 

Which leads me to something else:  We really need to get the element of mystery out of the actions of our police.  That means using technology to monitor them in every possible way, including the use of that technology by the citizens whom they are supposedly serving and protecting.

BTW, yes, I do understand that even such technological evidence won’t be enough for some people.

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Blacks, Whites Divided Over View of Ferguson — 4 Comments

  1. I lived in the St. Louis area for over 40 years, off and on. I had friends and coworkers who were part of the white flight from Ferguson and Florisant, and I always kidded them about it. About how the fears of higher crime and violence and growing poverty were blown out of proportion.

    I owe them an apology. They had it exactly right.

  2. “Put me in the undecided class.”

    Where I was for a few days. I think with todays autopsy info release the picture is much clearer. A thug, one that had just committed a robbery, decided to rush a cop and received the normal reward for doing so.

    The cops can be corrupt and still shoot correctly occasionally.

Leave a Reply