Latinos in Michigan: Key Facts Show Distrust of Police, Job Disadvantage

ANN ARBOR - We are wrapping up National Hispanic Heritage Month , which we celebrate annually in recognition of the culture and contributions of Latinos in the United States. We share some key facts about Latinos in Michigan, supported by Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan.


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Only one in three Latinos say they would feel safer with a greater police presence. The percentage of Latinos in Detroit who would feel safer with a greater police presence in their neighborhood, according to a recent report ( Detroit Metro Area Communities Study on attitudes toward crime and policing ). This is significantly lower than the percentage of Detroit blacks (45%) and whites (41%) who would feel safer with a greater police presence in their neighborhoods. Despite the report's findings that Latinos report higher rates of victimization and indirect exposure to criminal activity, Latinos in Detroit are much less likely to feel safe with the police in their neighborhoods.


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