Police in the Washington area are facing a growing number of complaints about excessive use of force by their colleagues.
The Washington Post/ABC News Poll found that a majority of police officers surveyed by the newspaper in July said they were bothered by excessive use or threats of force against officers.
More than half said they received a warning for excessive use.
Police chiefs and some elected officials said they are taking the issue seriously and have pledged to increase training for officers and increase use of body cameras.
The poll also found that about half of the public said they would be less likely to trust a police officer if the officer said he or she was “being bullied or harassed.”
Some of the findings were strikingly different from past surveys of police violence.
Nearly a third of those surveyed said they had been assaulted or threatened with violence in the past year by a police force, compared with about a third in 2016.
About a quarter said they faced threats or harassment from a police department.
More often than not, the surveyors said, the violence was by a partner or a fellow officer.
A quarter said the incidents were committed by the victim’s friends or family.
A fifth said they experienced a police car crash or death.
Nearly half said that officers had made comments about the victim, or that he or her had a history of mental health issues.
And more than a quarter of police said they felt a police chief or other elected official was biased against the police.
The survey was conducted July 11-14 among 1,000 registered voters.
The ABC News/Washington Post Poll was conducted by telephone with 1,200 registered voters nationwide and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points for all registered voters, and plus or plus 3 points for registered voters who are Democrats and lean Democratic.
The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research has released a detailed report on police use of deadly force, which includes data from more than 70,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide.
More AP-NSF resources: AP-NESF reporters Jill Colvin and Julie Tate contributed to this report.