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White House Throws Cold Water on “Ferguson Effect”

Recently, two top Administration law enforcement officials, FBI Director James Comey and DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg, have cited the “Ferguson effect” as a potential cause in the spike in violent crime many cities around the nation are seeing.

The premise of the “Ferguson effect” is that increased public scrutiny of police has had a chilling effect on law enforcement.

At a November 6 press briefing, White House press secretary Josh Earnest stated that Rosenberg “is the second administration official to make that kind of claim without any evidence.”

“The fact is the evidence does not support the claim that somehow our law enforcement officers all across the country are shirking their duties and failing to fulfill their responsibility to serve and protect the communities to which they're assigned,” Earnest said.

“So I guess you’d have to ask him exactly what point he’s trying to make.  You might also ask him if there’s any evidence to substantiate the claim that he’s made,” he continued.  

Earnest said that Director Comey had recently met with the President to discuss pressing law enforcement issues, including this issue, but that the President retained confidence in both Comey and Rosenberg. 

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