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Poll Reveals That One-Third of Americans Believe US Police 'Routinely Lie'

© REUTERS / Carlo AllegriA police officer stands guard in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York January 15, 2015
A police officer stands guard in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York January 15, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Joint poll conducted by the Reuters news agency and the Ipsos market research company revealed that about a third of Americans who took part in it believe that police officers tend to lie and pursue their own goals.

MOSCOW, January 15 (Sputnik) — About a third of Americans, who took part in a joint poll conducted by the Reuters news agency and the Ipsos market research company, claim police officers tend to lie and pursue their own goals, a survey issued Thursday showed.

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About 30 percent of the US respondents stated that "police officers routinely lie to serve their own interests," according to the poll.

Distrust of US police among African-Americans ran deeper, constituting 45 percent.

Moreover, about 70 percent of African-Americans believed police were likely to target minorities, the poll revealed.

In total, Reuters and Ipsos analyzed responses from 1,612 individuals in the survey carried out in the period between December 29, 2014 and January 9, 2015.

The findings reflect the divided opinion among US citizens on the question of police officers' actions following a series of killings of unarmed black men by white officers in recent times.

Mass demonstrations took place in US cities in response to police brutality and abuse of power following two grand jury decisions in 2014 not to indict police officers, who killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York, both black and unarmed.

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