A new poll released by USA Today and the Pew Research Center shows 57% of Americans polled believe NYPD officer, Daniel Pantaleo, should have been indicted for the murder of Eric Garner.
From USA Today:
Americans by nearly 3-1 say the white police officer responsible for the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man being arrested for selling cigarettes, should have faced charges from a Staten Island grand jury, a nationwide USA TODAY/Pew Research Center poll finds.
It was a cellphone video of a police officer holding Garner in what appeared to be a chokehold – even as he gasped “I can’t breathe” – that apparently galvanized public opinion. By 57%-22%, those surveyed say the grand jury made the wrong decision in not bringing charges against New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo.
On Wednesday, Roland Martin, host of “NewsOne Now” and the Straight Talk panel analyzed the survey that shows Americans support charges against the officer who killed Garner.
“When you look at this poll, like everything else…White folks in America look at stuff differently than Black folks,” said Martin.
“We watch different television shows and in many cases, the different music we listen to and how we view issues of race … It is very rare where you will see African Americans and Whites lined up the exact same way” on an issue such as this.”
In the case of Michael Brown, the polling data switched, showing 50% of Americans polled believed the Ferguson grand jury made the right decision.
Listen to Martin, Maya Rockeymore, Andrew Lee and Michelle Hudgins discuss the findings of the USA Today / Pew Research Center Poll and let us know your thoughts.
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