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Poll: Views of NYPD Mostly Split by Race

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In the wake of Eric Garner's death in police custody, a new Quinnipiac University poll finds that New Yorkers have different views on the New York City Police Department.

According to researchers at the university, they say it's mostly split by race.

They found that 84 percent of black New Yorkers polled thought police officers citywide are tougher on black people, while about 50 percent of whites agreed.

On the topic of police brutality, 56 percent of black respondents say it is a very serious problem in the city, compared to about one-quarter of white respondents who shared the same view.

There was also a stark difference when both were asked about whether the police officer in the Garner case should face criminal charges.

When it came to overall policing strategy, there seemed to be more agreement. Most said police should issue summonses or make arrests for so-called "quality-of-life" offenses.

Police Commissioner William Bratton released a statement saying he was "gratified" that New Yorkers understood quality of life enforcement. He credits the approach with turning around city crime rates in the '90s.

He said, in part, "The challenge remains to do it in a way that is both lawful and respectful."

He said the NYPD is committed to that challenge.

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