African Americans, whites deeply divided on justice issues

A woman with a shirt with Trayvon Martin's face on it that reads "No Justice, No Peace" stands at the "Justice for Trayvon" rally in Chicago, Saturday, July 20, 2013. The Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network organized "Justice for Trayvon" rallies nationwide to press for federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, who was found not guilty in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Scott Eisen)
July 22, 2013 2:47:21 PM PDT
A new poll is revealing a big racial gap in attitudes on the Trayvon Martin case and the fairness of the criminal justice system.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that 86 percent of African Americans disapprove of the verdict acquitting George Zimmerman of criminal charges in Martin's death.

Only 31 percent of whites disapprove of the verdict.

More broadly, the same percentage of African Americans says that blacks and other minorities do not receive equal treatment in the criminal justice system.

Only 41 percent of whites share that view.


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