Most Americans Agree on a Crucial Fact About Baltimore

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Police officers respond to unrest in Baltimore after Freddie Gray's death. (Allison Shelley/Getty Images)
May 5, 2015· 0 MIN READ
Jamilah King is a TakePart staff writer covering the intersection of race/ethnicity, poverty, gender, and sexuality.

Most Americans think prosecutors made the right decision in charging six Baltimore police officers in the mysterious death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died after being taken into police custody. Gray's death set off widespread unrest in Baltimore and other cities across the country.

According to a poll released by the Pew Research Center, a majority of Americans—60 percent white and 78 percent black—support charges being sought against the six officers. That's a huge shift from Michael Brown's killing in Ferguson, Missouri, last year, when thoughts about whether to charge the officer involved were split deeply along racial lines.

American of all races may be growing a bit more skeptical of policing, according to The Washington Post. But the poll also shows something else: "It's a reminder that each case is its own set of circumstances," writes the Post's Aaron Blake.

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