7 Years After Michael Brown Killed By Police: Ferguson Effect Persists?!?

As always, let's define terms first . . .

The Ferguson effect is a hypothesized increase in violent crime rates in a community caused by reduced proactive policing due to the community's distrust and hostility towards police. 

The Ferguson effect was first proposed after police saw an increase in violence following the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The term was coined by Doyle Sam Dotson III, the chief of the St. Louis police, to account for an increased murder rate in some U.S. cities following the Ferguson unrest. Whether the Ferguson effect really exists is subject of discussions with many published studies reporting contradicting findings concerning whether there is a change in crime rates, number of 911 calls, homicides, and proactive policing. Furthermore, the effect and influence of the portrayal of police brutality in the media is also contested.

And so we ask . . .


We should note that quite a few police object to this terminology and analysis of recent crime data. 

Nevertheless, no matter how readers answer the question . . . There's no denying the continued legacy of the Show-Me State flash point. 

Check the www.TonysKansasCity.com news links . . .

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You decide . . .