After several instances of demonstrations against police questioning their use of force, 76% of the more than 8,000 cops surveyed by the Pew Research Center say that they are more reluctant to use force when appropriate. Similar numbers say they are more reluctant to stop and question people who are suspicious. More than 85% say that fatal encounters between blacks and police have more policing more difficult.
They survey also reveals a difference in attitude between black and white police officers. Black officers believe that the protests are genuine attempts to hold police accountable, while white cops are more skeptical of protesters’ motives.
On balance, is it better for public safety and the protection of civil liberties for the police to be restrained in this way?