- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) - A new poll finds black Americans were significantly more likely than white or Hispanic Americans to believe that the grand jury in the Eric Garner chokehold case would have indicted the police officer involved if Garner had been white rather than black.

Monmouth University’s poll was released Thursday.

The poll found three in 10 Americans believe the New York grand jury would have indicted the police officer who applied a chokehold if Garner was white. Half said the victim’s race would not have altered the outcome.

Among blacks, 58 percent believe an indictment would have been handed down if Garner had been white.

It found 24 percent of whites and 27 percent of Hispanics agreed.

The telephone poll, conducted Dec. 10-14, had a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

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