One-Third of Americans Believe Police Routinely Lie

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While Americans generally approve of the work police do, nearly a third of the population feel that some officers “routinely lie to serve their own interests,” a survey by Reuters and the Ipsos polling organization showed.

The number rises to 45 percent among black Americans.

The Guardian reports:

The findings come as scrutiny on police has been heightened in recent months by the killing of unarmed blacks by white officers, which has raised questions about police treatment of racial minorities.

While distrust is significant, nearly three-quarters of respondents approve the job done by their local police, the survey said. The survey showed that 56% of African American respondents approved of their local police.

MarQuis McClee, a small-business owner from Bloomington, Indiana, who took part in the poll, said that he generally trusts police and has officers among his relatives, but as an…

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