Racial divide

Big difference in how blacks and whites view grand jury decisions in officer-involved killings

In the wake of the high-profile grand jury decisions regarding the deaths of two black men at the hands of white police officers, a Pew Research Center poll shows black Americans are much more likely than white Americans to say that race was a major factor in the rulings. In the case of Micheal Brown, a black teen shot by officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., 64 percent of whites say the grand jury decision to not indict Wilson was correct, while only 10 percent of blacks say it was the right decision. In the case of Eric Garner, a black man who died while being held down by white officers in New York City, 47 percent of whites say the jury was wrong in not indicting the officers involved, while 90 percent of blacks say the jury was wrong in its decision.