The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police in June has reignited a national dialogue about racism, law enforcement and police reform.
After nationwide protests, reform is underway in a number of U.S. cities, with some policymakers advocating for defunding of police and others exploring new approaches to law enforcement. Meanwhile, in Congress, House Democrats and Senate Republicans have developed police reform bills, but the differences between the bills have yet to be bridged.
But what does the public want? How much trust do they have in law enforcement, and what responsibilities do they seek from police in their communities? How do Americans evaluate their experiences with police, and how do these experiences vary across racial groups? Do some reforms have more public support than others?
Justice is a key research pillar of the Gallup Center on Black Voices and will be the focus of much of our content this summer. Stay tuned for the center's Law Enforcement series, which will include new findings on the following topics:
Week of July 27:
- The impact of the George Floyd killing: reactions to and perspectives on a national conversation
- Americans' experiences with and reports of treatment by police
Week of Aug. 3:
- Unfair treatment by police in communities
- Local police presence and confidence in local law enforcement
Week of Aug. 10:
Local crime: biases about the threat posed by different groups
Check back here for exact dates of each release.