Poll: Before July shootings, blacks divided on police behavior

Just before the July 5 and July 6 fatal shootings of black men during routine law enforcement encounters in Louisiana and Minnesota, blacks in the U.S. were evenly divided over the treatment of blacks by their local police. Half of blacks responded in a June 7-July 1 Gallup poll that police in their local area treat blacks and other racial minorities fairly, while 48% said they treat blacks unfairly.

Nineteen percent of blacks thought local police treated blacks very unfairly, similar to what Gallup found in 2015.