January 14, 2023

DOJ Survey Shows Most Americans Have Positive View of Police, Contradicting 'Defunding' Narrative

A Justice Department survey revealed that most Americans have a positive view of the police, pushing back against the leftist narrative to defund the police.

The study found that just 3% of those surveyed reported concerns about use of force or other police misconduct.

"The DOJ has the ability to make this a headline across the country if they wanted. I don't see them doing that," Michael Letts, CEO and founder of In-Vest USA, told Fox News Digital.

"The DOJ can make headlines. It's disappointing. But it's because it refutes the narrative this administration wants to promote," he added.

The survey from the DOJ's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) was released in November but covers 2020 data. It found that about 21% of Americans ages 16 or older had contact with police that year.

"According to Contacts Between Police and the Public, 2020, most residents who initiated police contact (88%) were satisfied with the police response," the agency reported.

The results of the survey strongly contrast with the message to defund the police over concerns regarding policy brutality, a message promoted by many Democrats until shortly before the 2022 midterm elections.

Some progressives continue to push the effort, including Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) who has spoken out against law enforcement despite reports of tens of thousands of dollars in campaign money spent on her own private security.

The defunding movement reached its peak in the months following the death of George Floyd after a video of former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin showed him restraining the man with his knee on his neck until he died.

The situation with Chauvin, however, does not match the experience of the vast majority of Americans with police officers, showing that most back the blue still today.

Source: Fox News

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