Garland R. Hunt on The Court of Public Opinion on Race

People protest against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd. Photo: REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

In the latest USA Today poll, America’s support of the Black Lives Matter Movement has fallen while their faith in law enforcement has risen.

Last June, 60% of the nation described the death of George Floyd as murder – due to the knee of Milwaukee Police Officer Derek Chauvin firmly being planted on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes until he died on the street pavement. Now, according to the recent poll, only 36% believe it was murder.

Courtesy of Garland Hunt

What happened to change public opinion?

Based on the USA Today poll, the disparity of Black and White thoughts about Black Lives Matter and George Floyd is clearly widening. Blacks are still passionate about the incident of George Floyd’s death and absolutely believe it was murder by law enforcement.  Whites are less incensed about the police action with many even believing it was justifiable.

The jury selection related to the trial of Milwaukee police officer Chauvin has begun and the world is watching. And if the USA Today poll is any indication of public opinion, most Americans have increased their trust and preference for law enforcement versus how they felt at the height of the George Floyd/BLM protests during the summer of 2020.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Garland R. Hunt

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