Perspectives: Where do Americans Really Stand On 'Abolish the Police'?

Headline Roundup August 11th, 2020

After George Floyd was killed by a police officer in May, many liberal activists have called to defund or abolish the police, claiming the criminal justice system is inherently racist. But where do most Americans really stand on the "Abolish the Police" movement? In Seattle, the police precinct for the Capitol Hill neighborhood was disbanded as protestors occupied the zone for nearly a month of protests. Now, a group of local businesses owners from the Capitol Hill neighborhood is suing the city for property damage and lost revenue during the occupation. A recent Gallup poll revealed that 61 percent of black Americans want police presence to remain the same, with 67 percent of respondents preferring police presence to remain the same; it is important to note that the Gallup poll only included adults. Some media outlets with young adult audiences promote abolition of police, prisons and federal crime units, suggesting that the young people may end up taking a more progressive stance on criminal justice than the previous generation.

The Seattle lawsuit and Gallup poll results have both been covered by outlets from all sides of the political spectrum. Voices from the right said the Gallup poll proves that the majority opinion was not represented in liberal media's “national conversation” about race and policing. Many voices from the left advocated for government funding to be reallocated from police budgets and used to address purported root causes of crime, such as unemployment and class inequality.

Perspectives: Where do Americans Really Stand On 'Abolish the Police'?

From the Right
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OPINION

A new, exhaustive study by Gallup and the Knight Foundation found that Americans across the board are losing trust in the media. Some people might be shocked by this finding, but I suspect more people will be shocked to learn that the media had any trust left to lose.

Either way, I think a separate poll conducted by Gallup might illuminate the problem.

If you’ve paid any attention to the news, particularly cable news, over the last couple of months since George Floyd’s killing by police in Minneapolis, you might...

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From the Center
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- When asked whether they want the police to spend more time, the same amount of time or less time than they currently do in their area, most Black Americans -- 61% -- want the police presence to remain the same. This is similar to the 67% of all U.S. adults preferring the status quo, including 71% of White Americans.

Meanwhile, nearly equal proportions of Black Americans say they would like the police to spend more time in their area (20%) as say they'd like them to spend...

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From the Left
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SEATTLE — Faizel Khan was being told by the news media and his own mayor that the protests in his hometown were peaceful, with “a block party atmosphere.”

But that was not what he saw through the windows of his Seattle coffee shop. He saw encampments overtaking the sidewalks. He saw roving bands of masked protesters smashing windows and looting.

Young white men wielding guns would harangue customers as well as Mr. Khan, a gay man of Middle Eastern descent who moved here from Texas so he could more comfortably...

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