Wednesday, August 21, 2013
A federal judge last week ruled that New York City Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy violates the rights of minorities and suggested a trial program that would require on-duty police officers to wear uniform cameras, a practice already utilized in some areas of the country. Just over half of voters nationwide like the idea of police officers wearing cameras but a plurality thinks it wouldn’t have much impact on crime. Voters are also more likely to view racial profiling as a civil rights violation.
Fifty-two percent (52%) of Likely Voters believe police officers should be required to wear uniform cameras while on duty, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Twenty-eight percent (28%) oppose this requirement, while another 20% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 19-20, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
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