Minneapolis Police Precinct Should Have Burned Says, 54 Percent Of Americans
Monmouth University conducted a poll that found that 54 percent of Americans believe that protesters who burned down a Minneapolis police precinct were justified. The precinct was burned down in response to the killing of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, by a white police officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck until he died. Three other officers watch as Floyd pleaded that he couldn’t breathe.
The university polled 807 Americans on the question and the results were interesting. The survey took place between May 28 and June 1 and asked the question of whether protesters were within their rights to take the actions they took. This included the burning down of the police precinct where the four police officers involved in the police killing of George Floyd were employed. The question asked if protesters were fully justified, partially justified, or not at all justified. 17 percent answered fully justified while 37 percent said protesters were partially justified. according to the poll.
On the other side, 38 percent believed that the protesters were not justified at all. That means that 54 percent of American adults believe that protesters were justified in their response to the killing of George Floyd. It is important to note that the poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
The poll also asked about the anger that led to the protests and whether it was justified without the actions of the protesters being considered. The poll found that 78 percent of Americans believe the anger was “justified”, and 57 percent answering “fully justified,” 21 percent saying “partially justified,” and only eight percent saying “not justified at all.”
The poll also found a significant jump in those who believe that police are more likely to use excessive force if the suspect is black. The poll found that 57 percent agreed with the position. That is a 23 percent uptick since 2016.
As the protests rage on across the nation it seems more and more Americans are siding with the protesters.