This morning we examine a controversial theory that both police and progressives dispute in spite of scientific study confirming the trend.
And, if nothing, our TKC Blog community is "ALL ABOUT" science.
To wit and a great many thanks to TOP ECHELON insiders and constant blog readers . . .
KANSAS CITY INSIDERS WARN THAT "THE FERGUSON EFFECT" AND DE-POLICING THREATENS TO WORSEN THE LOCAL HOMICIDE COUNT AMID CULTURE WAR ACTIVISTS FLEXING ON CITY HALL!!!
For those who don't remember, KC homicides started trending upward after Ferguson riots . . . Here's the premise:
The Ferguson effect is the theory that increased distrust of police following the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has led to an increased crime rate (or sometimes increased murder rate) in major U.S. cities. The mechanism usually suggested is that police have less vigorous enforcement in situations that might lead to a backlash."
Again, so many locals like to deny this risk and tacit admission that police are only human, but research confirms it.
"More than three-quarters of U.S. law enforcement officers say they are reluctant to use force when necessary, and nearly as many — 72% — say they or their colleagues are more reluctant to stop and question people who seem suspicious as a result of increased scrutiny of police, according to a study published by the Pew Research Center."
Even better, an author we've featured several time on the blog, Dr. Ernest Evans shared his research on de-policing in his recent defense of the KCPD Chief:
"When police officers accused of racist misconduct are denied even a pretense of due process, out of sheer self-survival they stop doing their jobs in black neighborhoods. Nature abhors a vacuum, so the gangs, criminal elements and drug dealers take over those neighborhoods and unleash a reign of terror on the residents . . . Controversies (between police and community) resulted in more than a thousand additional homicides, most of them black men, women and children."
Throughout recent civil unrest in KCMO, the Chief has been slow to talk with media and the public BUT when he does make time for questions, his answers are comprehensive.
A telling perspective that might have been lost in the mix but confirms our thesis . . .
A brief aside . . . For all those who doubt de-policing right now, while there is a dispute about an Atlanta police "BLUE FLU" this morning . . . There's no denying that a recent social media clip of a lady cop crying over her delayed McDonald's order has elicited ire from across the globe and shown the personal toll of American law enforcement under attack . . . Real talk, she is derided as "Officer Karen" by bully social media but more sympathetic souls understand the pain of waiting on an Egg McMuffin, even in a world filled with suffering.
And so, the debate about the future of KCPD Chief Smith, local control and de-funding the police will continue today without very much insight about unintended consequences and the danger confronting urban core communities after City Hall rejects law enforcement, casts our fate to the wind and, inadvertently, puts criminals in charge of Kansas City neighborhoods.
Check the links from "many sides" of the political spectrum:
National Review: Cities Need Better Policing — Not Depolicing and Riots
CNN: Why some police officers rally around their colleagues -- even when they're accused of committing crimes
Crime Report: Study Disputes ‘Ferguson Effect’ De-Policing Theory
Fox News: Atlanta police see 'higher than usual number of call outs' after charges announced against officers
You decide . . .