Other data on police-citizen encounters

In the aftermath of recent events, the point has been well made that we lack reliable national data on police use of force. This article from the City Journal reminds us that periodic national surveys of the American public over the last 20 years actually indicate declining numbers of police-citizen encounters, a small percentage of citizens who feel they were stopped unfairly, and fairly small differences between whites and blacks in their assessments of routine encounters. It also cites NY-specific data showing a sharp decline over the same period in police shootings.


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