F.B.I. Director Says ‘Viral Video Effect’ Blunts Police Work

WASHINGTON — The director of the F.B.I. reignited the factious debate over a so-called “Ferguson effect” on Wednesday, saying that he believed less aggressive policing was driving an alarming spike in murders in many cities.

James Comey, the director, said that while he could offer no statistical proof, he believed after speaking with a number of police officials that a “viral video effect” — with officers wary of confronting suspects for fear of ending up on a video — “could well be at the heart” of a spike in violent crime in some cities.

  • If courts would convict and punish, the police wouldn’t need to be as aggressive.
    This entire situation has been caused by a lenient, race-based justice system.

    • Thank Obama

      • kkruger71

        He certainly has made it worse, but this problem has been decades in the making.

  • Hard Little Machine

    turn the ghettos over to the zoo animals. create no-go zones. yall on your own.

  • AK

    Have a look at some of these stats from Chicago, it’s obvious the police are now ‘wary’ to get involved. http://heyjackass.com

  • mauser 98

    must have blunted Hills investigation

  • G

    In police (unofficial) jargon this behaviour has long been referred to FIDO. This stands for Forget It Drive On or Fuck It Drive On depending upon who was present.

    It is the state of affairs where policemen see the futility of trying to do their jobs and decide to do as little as they possibly can get away with and still remain employed.

    I think that in recent years this feeling of futility is the reason you see cops enthusiastically enforcing laws against people who are otherwise supportive of the police. Pursuing crimes of nonexistent hate or persecuting legal gun owners for example.

    SOME of these guys want to enforce the law but they know if they pursue a black drug dealer or s Muslim trouble maker they be branded a racist so they go after gramps and his 80 year old shotgun.

    • G

      Let me summarize it this way. If Mark Furman, the lead detective on the O.J. Simpson case knew THEN that he was going to have his career and life destroyed by slimebag Johnny Cochrane just so Cochrane could save a client Cochrane KNEW was guilty as hell,
      do you think Furman would still have done his job?

  • Gary

    Toronto saw this issue in the 1990’s when the NDP started their War On the Police .The welfare ghettos that had a serious illegal drug trade crisis started to bitch that the Police were racists for coming into their neighbourhoods. It was over 20 years ago that I told a co-worker we would see Toronto turn into a 1930’s Chicago style gang run city with pockets of Turf mapped out for the illegal drugs or a crime and poverty city like Detroit with a massive debt .

    Each mayor danced around that black on black homicides and crimes while the best David Miller could do after the Summer of the Guns was to come up with his euphemism for Black welfare ghettos as ” Targeted” areas to build more Courts and toss basketballs at the black yutes to distract them away from about $2000.00 a week .
    Now John Tory is just another Wealthy white guy that falls back on how we aren’t like those American Cities because Diversity is our strength which means that he won’t speak up until Toronto has the Chicago homicide rate of 500+ which is mainly by guns and mostly black victims killed by other blacks.