A Necessary Evil?

The Ferguson Affect

It seems that there are a growing number of law enforcement folks talking about the “Ferguson Effect” and claiming that it is causing crime to rise, soar and beat its bat shaped wings over our cowering cities. <yes that was a shameless halloween reference: BOO>

On Friday, FBI Director James Comey professed himself at least open to believing that the phenomenon—the idea that scrutiny of police since the death of Michael Brown in August 2014 has emboldened criminals and made police reluctant to effectively fight crime—is real.
– via The Atlantic

And while the rise in the violent crime rate is a fact, there is a lot debate about the why:

The homicide toll across the country — which reached a grim nadir in 1993 when more than 2,200 murders were counted in New York City — has declined in ebbs and flows for much of the last 20 years, noted Alfred Blumstein, a professor of urban systems and operations research at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Several U.S. cities – including Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego and Indianapolis – have experienced a decrease in the number of murders so far this year.

Blumstein said the current surge in murders in some big cities could amount to no more than a blip.

“It could be 2015 represents us hitting a plateau, and by the end of the year, nationally, we’ll see that murder rates are flat or there is a slight bump up,” Blumstein said.

But other experts say the surge in killings suggests that the United States may be nearing a floor in reducing its murder rate as the federal, state and local governments increasingly grapple with tighter budgets.

“Why is there a synchronicity among these cities?” said Peter Scharf, an assistant professor at the LSU School of Public Health whose research focuses on crime. “One reason may be President Obama is broke. Governors like Bobby Jindal are broke, and mayors like (New Orleans’ Mitch) Landrieu are broke. You don’t have the resources at any level of government to fund a proactive law enforcement.”

And then there are the Fergers <Fox News link of course> who think that everything would be better if we all just put down our camera phones and walked away.

The most plausible explanation of the current surge in lawlessness is the intense agitation against American police departments over the past nine months.
– via WSJ

Yep, we did it. Me and you. With our camera phones. But it was mostly you. Oh yes it was….

So, the point here is that in order for us to have law and order, law enforcement officers have to be allowed to beat up, harass and occasionally kill whoever they want, whenever they want and for reasons that they should not have to explain.

Got it. Like the The Lottery.

But instead of taking one for the crops, we’re taking one for the cops.

Like this guy

Anyone seen my camera phone?


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