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Newly-Published Survey Finds Only About A Third Of African-Americans In LA County Trust Police To “Do What Is Right”




A woman gestures to a row of police officers as protesters gather in downtown Los Angeles on May 27, 2020 to demonstrate after George Floyd, an unarmed black man, died while being arrested by a police officer in Minneapolis who pinned him to the ground with his knee.
A woman gestures to a row of police officers as protesters gather in downtown Los Angeles on May 27, 2020 to demonstrate after George Floyd, an unarmed black man, died while being arrested by a police officer in Minneapolis who pinned him to the ground with his knee.
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As tensions rise between police and residents in cities across America, including right here in Southern California, a new survey is underscoring the continuing deep division among communities and their level of trust in police.

Researchers at the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University polled 2,000 L.A. County residents over the phone and online and found that while just over 60 percent of Angelenos say they trust police to “do the right thing,” a trend the researchers say has been consistent each year they’ve conducted the survey since 2017, only about one in three African-Americans said the same thing.

Guests:

Fernando Guerra, professor of political science and Chicana/o Latina/o studies at Loyola Marymount University (LMU), where he is also director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles; honorary life trustee of Southern California Public Radio (SCPR), the public media network that operates KPCC

Jackie Lacey, district attorney of Los Angeles County; she tweets @LADAOffice