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Police officer who shot Michael Brown in Ferguson - guilty or self-defense 2014

This statistic shows the results of a survey on the recent shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, by a police officer. The survey was conducted in August 2014, roughly a week after the shooting, throughout the United States. During the survey, 26 percent of respondents were convinced that the police officer acted in self-defense when he shot Brown, while 23 percent of respondents believe he should be found guilty of murder.

United States: Should the police officer who killed a black teenager in Ferguson be found guilty of murder or was he acting in self-defense?

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Source

Release date

August 2014

Region

United States

Survey time period

August 15-16, 2014

Number of respondents

1,000 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

The source worded the question as follows: "From what you know, should the police officer who killed a black teenager be found guilty of murder or was he acting in self-defense?"

The source does not provide the exact wording of the answer options, The wording chosen here may therefore differ from the original.

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