Poll: 66 percent say New York race relations fair or poor

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Majority of New Yorkers rate race relations as fair or poor.

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A poll released on Martin Luther King Day finds two-thirds of New Yorkers think race relations in the state are fair or poor, compared to 51 percent a year ago. A Siena Research Institute poll released Monday found New Yorkers have differing views on the state of race relations and whether the police officer in the Eric Garner case should have been indicted.

Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said the poll reflects sentiments following the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island. The poll found 48 percent of state voters felt New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was making police-community relations worse, and 57 percent felt the Rev.

Over the past year, New York took center stage in discussions on race after the death of Eric Garner, an African-American Staten Island resident who died in July after he was placed in a chokehold by a New York City Police Officer. “Even as we celebrate the life and achievements of Dr. On the other hand, because of several violent and disrespectful officers in its ranks, the parent of a black boy has to speak with his son about the risks involved in any interaction he has with the NYPD. I’m sure racists will dismiss the truth of her words as “anti-cop” sentiment, but as a black male, I’ve experienced the racist attitude of white cops!

Andrew Cuomo as part of his State of the State address Wednesday is expected to detail new criminal-justice reforms in the wake of the Garner case, which drew protests in New York and across the nation. However, a majority of downstate suburbanites, nearly two-thirds of Democrats and City voters and more than three-quarters of people of color said they were wrong. “While Bratton works for de Blasio, voters see them in very different lights regarding their actions to improve police-community relations. Robert Adams Bronx: Ron Howell writes that he is hopeful about race relations improving between the public and the police department (“Pat Lynch’s NYPD is disappearing,” Op-Ed, Jan. 5).

LaTonya Bernard Brooklyn: With the recent spate of killings going on in these United States — civilians, police officers and all other innocent victims — it’s time for this bloodshed to stop. Vernon Ebanks Brooklyn: I wonder why our mayor and so many others who support the carriage-horse ban do not speak out about the professional bull-riding event at Madison Square Garden, where straps are placed around the animals’ genitals, causing excruciating pain, to make them buck. Temple cites Donald Rumsfeld’s cavalier statement that “You go to war with the Army you have — not the Army you might want.” Rumsfeld also told us in the early stages of the Iraq War that the insurgency was comprised of “dead enders.” Well, those dead enders are now ISIS.

Michelle Corelli Framingham, Mass.: Reading Voicer Louie Dumbrowski on the Sony situation, I wondered: Could this be the Louie who owns the soda shop and always gets taken advantage of by the Dead End Kids? Hal Pfeffer Brooklyn: In 1941, we sang, “There’ll be blue birds over the white cliffs of Dover, tomorrow when the world is free.” Then, thanks to a great President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, we defeated the Nazis.

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