Study Finds More than 60% of Latinos Have Confidence in Law Enforcement
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
A new study by the Pew Hispanic Center finds Latinos have less confidence in law enforcement than Whites but more than African Americans. The report finds that more than three-quarters of Latinos say if they were a victim of violent crime, they'd report it to the police. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.
The Pew Hispanic Center report finds more than 60-percent of Latinos says they have at least a fair amount of confidence that their local police will do a good job enforcing the law.
Meanwhile, more than 70-percent of whites think that. But just 55-percent of African Americans have share that confidence.
When it comes how police and courts treat them, more than half of Latinos think they'll be treated unfairly.
Mark Lopez is with the Pew Center. He says just 5-percent of Latinos says they wouldn't report a violent crime, "Some of the reasons Hispanics gave for this were fears of immigration enforcement, discrimination."
Lopez says those fears are higher among Latino immigrants.
The study says the older and more educated Latinos are, the more likely they are to report crimes if they are victims.
Amy Isackson, KPBS news.
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