A new poll has found that a majority of New Yorkers believe the NYPD favors whites over blacks.
The New York Times poll says that view is especially prevalent among blacks. Eighty percent said police favor one race over the other; 48 percent of whites agreed.
The poll also found a majority of blacks said the department's stop-and frisk policy contributed to harassment of innocent people. Most white respondents said the policy improved safety.
Among all New Yorkers, 48 percent said the policy was ``acceptable to make New York City safer.'' Nearly as many _ 45 percent _ said it was ``excessive.''
The poll surveyed 1,026 adults by telephone from Aug. 10 to 15. It has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.
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