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FBI Director Claims the ‘Ferguson Effect’ and Black Lives Matter are to Blame for the Rise in Violent Crimes…Again

FILE - This is a Wednesday, March 25, 2015 file photo of FBI director James Comey as he gestures during a news conference at FBI headquarters in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

FILE – This is a Wednesday, March 25, 2015 file photo of FBI director James Comey as he gestures during a news conference at FBI headquarters in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

Despite an overall drop in the number of violent crimes committed in the U.S., rates have surged in over 40 major cities across the nation. The spike in numbers are cause for concern, but FBI director James B. Comey thinks he knows what might be fueling the fire.

According to the The Washington Times, Comey asserted Wednesday that the increase in violent crimes can be attributed to police officers’ fears of being videotaped while confronting suspects. He told reporters that a “viral video effect” is resulting in less aggressive policing, which could very well be the cause of elevated murder rates.

“There’s a perception that police are less likely to do the marginal additional policing that suppresses crime — the getting out of your car at two in the morning and saying to a group of guys, ‘Hey, what are you doing here?’ ” Comey said.

Comey refers to the trend as the “Ferguson Effect,” referencing the 2014 shooting death of unarmed Black teen Michael Brown by a white cop in Ferguson, Missouri, The Washington Times reports. The incident caused national outcry and sparked the movement now known as Black Lives Matter.

This isn’t the first time the FBI director has made such claims, however. Per Atlanta Black Star, Comey reiterated his unsupported theory in a statement given at the University of Chicago Law School in 2015. He asserted that cell phone videos were having a negative effect on police behavior, causing officers to avoid interactions with the public, ABS reports. Comey also admitted that although he’s unsure if inaction on the part of officers caused the surge in crime, he has “a strong sense that some part of the explanation is a chill wind blowing through American law enforcement over the last year.”

“That wind is surely changing behavior, common sense tells me,” Comey said. “In today’s YouTube world, are officers reluctant to get out of their cars and do the work that controls violent crime? Are officers answering 911 calls but avoiding the informal contact that keeps bad guys from standing around, especially with guns?”

Law enforcement officials across America don’t necessarily agree with the FBI director’s claims. An article from The New York Times reports that Comey’s comments caught officials by surprise and asserted that his “views were not shared at the top levels.”

The White House has also distanced itself from Comey and the “Ferguson Effect,” saying that the idea lacks credibility.

“We just need to make sure that our policy approach to addressing this situation is rooted in evidence and facts,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. “It’s clear that we don’t have enough evidence at this point.”

According to The Washington Times, Earnest also pointed out that last year, President Barack Obama worked with the U.S. Justice Department to create a program that would bring more violent criminals to justice, thus helping communities affected by a crime surge.

“That six-week initiative resulted in the arrest of more than 8,000 gang members, sex offenders and other violent criminals,” Earnest said. “That is an indication of the important role that federal law enforcement can play in supporting the work of local law enforcement in these communities.”

The cause(s) of increased violent crimes in large cities remains a mystery to both Comey and the government, The Washington Times reports.

“The FBI director actually made clear that he didn’t know exactly what was going on either,” Earnest said. “The president’s point is we need to make policy decisions that are based on facts and evidence and not anecdotes. There is still no evidence to substantiate the claim that the increase in violent crime is related to an unwillingness of police officers to do their job.”

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  1. Dennis Moore says:


  2. The USA considered the Civil Rights Activist, both moderate and militant, to be the greatest threat to the White American homeland. This was said by the head of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover. So the FBI supervised an extensive program (COINTELPRO) of surveillance, infiltration, perjury, police harassment, and many other tactics designed to undermine their leadership, falsely incriminate their members, discredit and criminalize the movement, and drain these organizations of resources and manpower. The program was also accused of using assassination against Civil Rights Activist and Black Panther members alike. The USA acknowledges that what they did was ILLEGAL. The USA has always feared what a unified and coherent organization of Afro Americans can do.

  3. 2016 National Convention for all #Blacklivesmatter Activists, July 14, 15, and 16, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. The theme: To plan, organize and establish a more centralized national platform. America's most influential and prolific black thinkers (Michael Eric Dyson, Cornel West, Al Sharpton, Hon. Louis Farrakhan, Rev. Jesse Jackson and the like) have been invited to give a "critical reflection" on the role #Blacklivesmatter should have in our moral journey. They are asked to explore and discern the meaning and message; identify Goals; and help determine strategies to achieve these goals and work effectively with public, private, and political sectors to access the resources necessary to implement the PLAN.

    As the days have passed what's becoming clear is the #Blacklivesmatter mantra lacking concept, approach, methodology, and clarity. Glaringly, there appears no capacity to lift the BLM organization onto the next level. Therefore, the "2016 National Convention for all #Blacklivesmatter activists scheduled for Pittsburgh, July 14, 15, and 16, will focus on "capacity development."

    For simplicity's sake . . . "Capacity" is defined as "the ability to do things!" It is from this simple meaning we will begin to build our "concept" and make it operational for the moral crusade to "make black life better" (reduce gun violence, poverty, poor education). But "capacity to do what?" #Blacklivesmatter lacks depth in its articulation. We must better explain the theoretical perspective espoused.

    The 2016 National Convention will help #Blacklivesmatter activists attending discover how to better engage in activities in a "sustainable manner" to derive the greatest possible benefits. We will enhance our group's "ability and competency" to better engender desired results.

  4. They mad because black people are becoming more organized and aware when dealing with this white racist, double standard criminal justice system!!….if these so called police officers don't want to do there job then quit!!…go do something else ! Technology has changed the world. Now we have camera phones too record your brutality! And they don't like that because now the world can see what blacks have been going through for decades!! this FBI director is full of shit!!….blk lives matter, fergerson effect is why cops don't want too do their job….cities like nyc rather pay out millions of dollars in police brutality cases every year than get rid off racist,brutal,bigoted cops!there are plenty of good people you can find who want to rid crime in black neighborhood and not make excuses as why they are not fighting crime just because hey are being video taped!!

  5. I've noticed every single person with something negative to say about this theory has been black.

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