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The massive racial divide on the Ferguson grand jury decision, in one chart

White Americans are much more likely than black or Hispanic Americans to approve of the grand jury's decision to not indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson for the August 9 shooting of Michael Brown, according to a new poll from ABC News and the Washington Post. About 58 percent of white people polled approve of the grand jury decision, while 9 percent of black people and 32 percent of Hispanic people do.

Ferguson grand jury poll

The racial divide found in the poll speaks to the racial disparities in the criminal justice system: both black and Hispanic Americans are more likely to be stopped or arrested by police than their white counterparts.

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