The “Ferguson Effect”

This is an interesting article arising from what appears to be an interesting book.  The author makes the case that one effect of the focus on police misconduct and the narrative that police officers are much quicker to shoot black people than white people is that police officers are reluctant to initiate contacts with people whose behavior or presence they regard as suspicious…and that this reticence on the part of law enforcement officers is a major factor in the rapid increases in crime rates many of our cities have experienced since 2014, after a couple of decades or so during with crime rates had declined.  The increase in murder and robbery rates in some parts of the country have been particularly shocking, including (significantly?) in St. Louis County and Baltimore.



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