About 70 percent of Philadelphians have respect for police. And about 75 percent of those with recent police interactions said they were satisfied with the level of professionalism.
But the percentage goes down when asked how well police use their judgment in enforcing the city’s stop-and-frisk policy. While a study by Pew Charitable Trusts shows city support for the policy, only 43 percent of those polled say they have faith officers will use good judgment in enforcing it.
WHYY’s Susan Philips will bring us the full story later on the poll’s findings and what they mean for Philadelphia. What’s evidence on the surface is that responses from white and black residents varied greatly in the question about stop-and-frisk enforcement — 57 percent of whites and just 30 percent of African Americans trust cops’ judgment on that front.