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3 out of 5 black people in the U.S say they or a family member have been treated unfairly by police and they know it’s because they’re black.

And water is wet.

The study, conducted by <em>Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, shows that of those surveyed, said they’ve personally had some negative run-in with police, whereas only 3% of white people did.

White people  in diverse communities were also more likely to say police in their areas mistreat minorities, 58% to 42%.

The AP-NORC poll also showed:

— More than two-thirds of blacks — 71 percent — thought police are treated too leniently by the criminal justice system when they hurt or kill people. A third of whites say police are getting away with it, while nearly half — 46 percent — say the police are treated fairly by the criminal justice system.

— Sixty-two percent of whites said a major reason why police violence happens is that civilians confront the police, rather than cooperate, when they are stopped. Three out of 4 blacks, or 75 percent, said it is because the consequences of police misconduct are minimal, and few officers are prosecuted for excessive use of force. More than 7 in 10 blacks identified problems with race relations, along with poor police-community relations, as major reasons for police violence.

— Nearly 3 out of 4 whites — 74 percent — thought race had nothing to do with how police in their communities decide to use deadly force. Among blacks, 71 percent thought police were more likely to use deadly force against black people in their communities, and 85 percent said the same thing applied generally across the country. Fifty-eight percent of whites thought race had nothing to do with police decisions in most communities on use of deadly force.

So basically until policing policies are changed, these numbers will never change. And those white people who think race has nothing to do with anything are delusional. Or racist.

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