A majority of New York state voters don’t assist decreasing funding for police departments, whilst they agree the current killings of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks are a part of a “sample of extreme police violence towards Black individuals,” a ballot launched Tuesday reveals.
Mr. Floyd, a Black Minneapolis man, was killed whereas in police custody on Might 25. Mr. Brooks, a Black man, was fatally shot by Atlanta law enforcement officials on June 12. The killings have spurred nationwide protests over police brutality and racism.
The ballot, by Siena Faculty Analysis Institute, discovered broad variations in respondents’ attitudes on police points relying on demographic components like geography, race and political affiliation.
Ninety-one % of Black respondents stated they believed there was a sample of extreme police violence, whereas 9% stated the killings of Messrs. Floyd and Brooks have been tragic, remoted situations. Forty % of white respondents agreed with the latter assertion. whereas 53% of the white voters surveyed final week stated they have been a part of a sample.
The ballot discovered 57% of the 806 voters surveyed opposed decreasing funding for police departments, and 60% stated in response to a separate query that they opposed defunding police. Opposition to decreasing funding for police was increased in upstate areas and the suburbs of New York Metropolis; 51% of respondents from New York Metropolis stated they supported decreasing police funding.
“Defund the police” has been a rallying cry at many demonstrations throughout the U.S., and lawmakers in New York Metropolis are contemplating a brand new finances that would scale back the New York Police Division’s finances.
New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice de Blasio stated Monday he was keen to shift $1 billion from the Police Division’s $6 billion finances to different metropolis companies. He additionally stated he wished town to reallocate $500 million from the NYPD’s capital finances and put the cash towards constructing youth facilities and different services at public-housing developments.
New York state lawmakers earlier in June enacted laws to criminalize using chokeholds by police, to designate the lawyer normal to research and doubtlessly prosecute situations the place a civilian dies by the hands of police and to permit residents to entry disciplinary data of public security officers.
The ballot discovered broad assist for these measures—80% of these surveyed stated they have been good for the state—in addition to settlement on a number of insurance policies which are being thought-about by Congress.
“No less than 70 % of Democrats, Republicans, independents, Blacks, Latinos, and whites agree on every of three police reforms: making a nationwide database of police misconduct; a federal regulation banning chokeholds by police; and, having mental-health professionals reply with police on calls involving homelessness, drug dependancy or psychological well being,” ballot spokesman Steven Greenberg stated.
The ballot, which was performed by cellphone from June 23 to 25, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 proportion factors.