Quinnipiac University releases poll on Hamden officer-involved shooting in New Haven

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Quinnipiac University has released a new poll Wednesday on whether Hamden residents believe that the April 16th officer-involved shooting in New Haven was justified. 

Quinnipiac polled 1,700 people in the last week and broke down the results.

According to the poll, residents say 66-11 percent that the shooting involving a Hamden police officer was not justified. 

Related: Hamden town council votes down resolution for independent investigation of officer-involved shooting

However, Hamden residents do approve 62-29 percent of the job that their local police are doing. 

“This survey suggests that Hamdenites regard the incident as an aberration, rather than indicative of how the Hamden Police Department operates,” said Quinnipiac University School of Law Professor William Dunlap in a press release. 

The poll also broke down the racial differences in attitudes about police by stating that 88 percent of black residents, 60 percent of white residents and 68 percent of Hispanic residents believe that the shooting was not justified. 

Related: Exclusive: Gas station surveillance video before police-involved shooting surfaces

According to the poll, “the overall approval of Hamden police is 50 – 43 percent among black residents, 67 – 26 percent among white residents and 66 – 24 percent among Hispanic residents.”

“These differences among racial groups seem to be typical of attitudes reported in other cities in the wake of police shootings around the country,” Dunlap said in the release. 

Related: Discipline file for Hamden officer involved in shooting shows previous incident crashing cruiser

On average, 70 percent of Hamden residents say that they feel the officers involved in the shooting should be disciplined.

For more details and the full poll results, click here. 


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