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Speaking to 45 black males aged 5 to 50, CutVideo caught their reactions to the word “police.”

The replies speak for themselves.

Though the responses were more heavily favorable in the younger age groups, there were still a few positive responses in the older age groups:

Ages 5 to 15

  • Brave (age 10)
  • Men and women who are making sure everyone's doing right things, I guess (age 11)
  • They fight crime so they're like superheroes (age 14)
  • Conceited (age 15)

Ages 16 to 30

  • Corrupt (age 17)
  • Friendly (age 22)
  • Beat-downs (age 26)

Ages 31 to 50

  • Doing their jobs. (age 32)
  • Evil. I think that's self-explanatory. Just open a paper. Open a news or live a day as a black man and you'll understand. (age 38)
  • Stay away from 'em. When I was younger I used to do a lot of stuff and, you know, I used to hate 'em. But now that I'm older and I have kids it's kinda like “mmm, maybe we do need 'em”, ya know? (age 42)
  • The police are just another gang. (age 44)
  • Protection (age 45)
  • Slime. Because they kill my people with impunity and they're getting away with it and they have no regard for it. (age 47)
  • Violent. (age 49)

The word that came up the most was “brutality.” That term was used by men ages 21, 23, 29, and 43.

Of note, the word “helpful” came in second place, used by males age 8, 19, and 25.