James Comey believes that a “viral video effect could well be at the heart” of a rise in violent crime. It’s the “Ferguson effect” — the theory that police officers are more hesitant to confront suspects for fear of getting hit with excessive force or brutality, thanks to media blow-back.
Police are under scrutiny in Minneapolis, where shootings are on the rise but arrests are down over the past few months since the police-involved shooting death of Jamar Clark, an unarmed 24-year-old black man, according to Vocativ.
As the Conservative Daily Post reported:
There are currently 20,789 names of officers killed in the line of duty inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, dating back to the first known death in 1791.
Over the past decade (2006-2015) the average annual number of officer fatalities has been 151. The deadliest year on record for law enforcement was 1930 when 307 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty. The last time officer fatalities dipped below 100 for a single year was 1944.
Well, asks Hank Berrien in The Daily Wire, “What does it tell you that the number of officers killed in ambush attacks this year is more than double the average from the last ten years, yet twice as many police officers were fatally shot each year in the 1970’s?”
The 135 officer fatalities in 2016 is a 10 percent increase over the 123 who died in the line of duty last year and is the highest total since 2011, when 177 officers made the ultimate sacrifice. 64 police officers have been killed in shootings in 2016; at this same date back in 2015, 41 had been killed, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. That 23-fatality jump is the largest year-to-year increase on record–EVER.
What do you think is to blame?
I think it’s pretty obvious – that officers are afraid that if they do anything slightly wrong, Black Lives Matter will do everything they can do turn them into a martyr.