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Ferguson unrest: US poll shows sharply divided opinions among races

Published on Aug 22, 2014 10:32 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Black and white Americans have sharply divided opinions over the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer and the consequent protests, a poll showed on Friday.

Brown's killing on Aug 9 in the town of Ferguson, Missouri, sparked nearly two weeks of protests that only now appear to be dissipating, although more demonstrations are expected to take place over the weekend.

The 18-year-old's death at the hands of white police officer Darren Wilson has stirred racial tensions in majority-black Ferguson and sparked debate about relations between African Americans and law-enforcement.

A majority of blacks, or 57 per cent, think that Brown's shooting was "not justified", the New York Times/CBS News poll found, a view shared by only 18 per cent of white respondents.

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