(USA Features) Black Americans are growing more confident in their local police departments again after some loss of faith in 2020 during a summer and fall of riots following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May.
As protests and riots swelled last year, Gallup reported that blacks who said they had “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the police fell to a record low of 19%.
However, support for police among blacks has since rebounded to 27% in the latest survey, according to Gallup.
But overall confidence in police among the general American public has slipped a couple of points since last year, falling from 53% in 2020 to 51% now, Gallup reported.
“Meanwhile, White Americans’ confidence in police is unchanged from a year ago and lower than it had been before the Floyd incident,” the polling said.
“The current Black-White difference is similar to the average 30-point gap between 2014 and 2019, a period marked by several high-profile events in which Black people were killed in incidents with White police officers,” Gallup added.
“Overall, 51% of all U.S. adults currently have confidence in the police, after it dropped to a low of 48% last year,” the polling firm added.
“Confidence is still slightly below the pre-Floyd reading of 53% from 2019 and well below the historical high of 64% in 2004.”
Also, 49% of Hispanic Americans expressed confidence in the police.
The rebound comes as crime spiked in most large and major cities throughout the country last year.
Shootings and murders are way up in places like New York City, Portland, Ore., St. Louis, and Seattle, as well as Chicago, which has historically had high numbers of shootings even before last year’s rioting took its toll.
Democratic consultant George Arzt of New York City told U.S. News that following police retrenchment, Americans are changing their minds about having more cops around.
“It is happening around the country and here in New York: Crime and violence have spiked. There are a lot of shootings,” he said.
“I think that suddenly the pendulum has shifted from the cries of ‘defund the police’ to ‘wait a minute — we’ve got to have more and better policing. We’ve got to have more police in the street and in the subway. We’ve got to stop this crime,’” he added.
The Gallup survey also found that Americans’ confidence in police is higher than confidence overall in the justice system.
Only 17% of white Americans and 11% of black Americans expressed either “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of confidence in the justice system.
That contrasts with 35% of Hispanics who have confidence, Gallup said.