Head of Omnibus, US

There is overwhelming support in America for legislation that would require policemen to wear cameras with 72% supporting the legislation.  

Why such an overwhelming desire for more transparency?

Two thirds (66%) of Americans think that police brutality described as “the use of excessive force, usually physical, but potentially in the form of verbal attacks and psychological intimidation, by a police officer,” is an issue in the United States.   A rather higher percentage of African Americans (75%) see it as a problem compared to 63% of whites – but a clear majority of all demographics see it as a problem.

Although a majority considers brutality a problem, four in ten (40%) see the use of physical force by police and law enforcement officers as mostly warranted.   Warranted but at a cost - half (49%) thinks the use of physical force by police officers encourages the violence it is intended to manage.

A majority of Americans think that police corruption (64%), intimidation (59%), racial profiling (56%) and abuse of stop and frisk (50%) are also misconduct issues for police across the United States. 

Which of the following forms of police misconduct do you think are problems across the United States, if any?

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