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Survey of police reveals stark racial disconnects.

“Behind the Badge,” the largest-ever survey of its kind, asked nearly 8,000 law enforcement officers about a range of issues, including recent fatal encounters between black people and police.Rich Morin, Kim Parker, Renee Stepler, and Andrew Mercer, “Behind the Badge,” Pew Research Center, January 11, 2017.

Two-thirds of surveyed officers characterized the deaths of black people during encounters with the police in recent years as being isolated rather than evidence of systemic problems.Rich Morin, Kim Parker, Renee Stepler, and Andrew Mercer, “Behind the Badge,” Pew Research Center, January 11, 2017. In contrast, a majority of the public—60 percent—says such fatal encounters are evidence of a broader problem. This corresponds with the nearly 60 percent of black officers who also viewed such incidents as signs of a broader problem.Rich Morin, Kim Parker, Renee Stepler, and Andrew Mercer, “Behind the Badge,” Pew Research Center, January 11, 2017.