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Poll: More Than Half of New Yorkers Support "Broken Windows" Police Tactic

Fifty-six percent of New York City residents support the crackdown on low-level offenses

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    New Poll Finds Support for City's "Broken Windows" Strategy

    A new poll finds support for the city's "broken windows" police strategy. It also finds most New Yorkers consider the Rev. Al Sharpton a positive force in the city, while the police commissioner's approval rating as dropped. Melissa Russo has the story. (Published Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014)

    Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says he's "gratified" by a recent poll that found 56 percent of New York City residents support the crackdown on low-level offenses in an effort to prevent more violent crimes.

    Thirty-five percent of respondents in the Quinnipiac poll also said the so-called "Broken Windows" tactic contributes to neighborhood tensions.

    Bratton says the key is to "do it in a way that is both lawful and respectful."

    Seventy-four percent say police brutality is a "very serious" or "somewhat serious" problem. That's the highest number since May 2001.

    Sixty-eight percent say there is "no excuse" for police actions during the custody death of Eric Garner, the 43-year-old Staten Island father who died after being put in a police chokehold last month.

    Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,021 voters by phone last week.

    The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. 

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