Overall confidence in the police has risen slightly in the past two years, with 57% of Americans now saying they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in law enforcement — matching the overall average for the 25-year Gallup trend.
The return to the historical average comes after confidence edged downward during the tumultuous years of 2014 and 2015. Overall confidence fell from 57% in 2013 to 53% in June 2014, after the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of black teenager Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman’s acquittal led to the founding of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Though the overall numbers have rebounded, loss of confidence in law enforcement is most apparent among Hispanics, blacks, liberals and those younger than age 35, Gallup reports.
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