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Poll: Majority of New Yorkers believe Floyd and Brooks killings are part of a 'broader pattern'

Poll: Majority of New Yorkers believe Floyd and Brooks killings are part of a 'broader pattern' Photo: AP .

WNYT Staff
Created: June 30, 2020 10:06 AM

A new Siena poll finds that 60 percent of New Yorkers believe that the killings of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks are “part of a broader pattern of excessive police violence towards Black people.”

Only 35 percent of respondents believed that the incidents were not part of a broader pattern.

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The poll also finds that over 80 percent of New Yorkers believe that systemic racism is either a very serious or a somewhat serious problem.

In terms of policing reforms, the poll finds that 84 percent of people support the creation of a national database for officer misconduct. By a margin of 81-15 percent, New Yorkers support a federal law to ban the use of chokeholds by police officers.  Over 80 percent support having mental health professionals respond with officers when dealing with calls involving drug addiction, mental illness, and homelessness.

To read the full list of findings from the poll, click here.


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