Survey: Young People Perceive Policing Differently Across Racial Groups

The August GenForward Survey by the Black Youth Project finds that young adults across racial categories have vastly different experiences with police. These differences might make a major impact on the upcoming presidential election.

According to the poll, black and white young adults report similar rates of being stopped by police, 75% and 74% respectively. However, black respondents reported much higher arrest rates, at 28%, compared to 10% for Asian Americans, 22% of Latinx, and 15% of white young adults. Likewise, the poll finds that African American young adults report higher rates of police harassment and mistreatment than any other racial category, including Asian American, Latinx, and white young adults. African American young adults are also the racial group that is least likely to trust the police or believe that the police are there to protect them.