police brutality

*With police brutality occupying a healthy space in today’s news, a 2009 survey raises a noticeable point among Black millennials.

According to information released to the Associated Press on Wednesday (Nov. 4), “54.4 percent of Black Millennials answered yes to the question: ‘Have you or anyone you know experienced harassment or violence at the hands of the police?'” The information, which was taken from the 2009 Mobilization and Change Survey, also revealed that “almost one-third of Whites, 1 in 4 Latinos and 28 percent of Asian-Americans surveyed yes to the same question.”

The release of the findings come amid troubling times, with the high-profile deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray and Sandra Bland among a slew of tragedies that stemmed from encounters with law enforcement.

The “Black Millennials in America” report conducted by the Black Youth Project at the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago examined the attitudes of officers towards black millennials as well as Latino, Asian, and white millennials in instances of policing. The study goes on to explore the connection between guns and the U.S. legal system among different racial demographics.

Adding to the report, are results from a survey from the Black Youth Project Quarterly Survey, which stated that 24 percent of Blacks and 22 percent of Latino millennials know someone who carried a gun in the last month. Essence notes that the survey’s findings for Black and Latino millennials “overwhelmingly less than the 46 percent of White millennials who state the same fact.”

A deeper look into the situation acknowledges facts from a 2014 Black Youth Project survey stated that more than three fourths of Black Millennials are weary of the legal system with only 26.8 percent believing that the legal system is fair to everyone. Following that is 36.7 percent of Latinos, 38.1 percent of Asians, and 41 percent of Whites who agree that everyone is treated fairly by the system.