As a recent article by the invaluable Heather MacDonald illustrated, the Lamestream media is doing its best to hide the deadly consequences of the Ferguson effect. An example:
Murders and shootings have spiked in many American cities—and so have efforts to ignore or deny the crime increase. The see-no-evil campaign eagerly embraced a report last month by the Brennan Center for Justice called “Crime in 2015: A Preliminary Analysis.” Many progressives and their media allies hailed the report as a refutation of what I and others have dubbed the “Ferguson effect”— cops backing off from proactive policing, demoralized by the ugly vitriol directed at them since a police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., last year. Americans are being asked to disbelieve both the Ferguson effect and its result: violent crime flourishing in the ensuing vacuum.
In fact, the Brennan Center’s report confirms the Ferguson effect, while also showing how clueless the media are about crime and policing. (snip)
The resulting projected increase for homicides in 2015 in those 25 cities is 11%. (By point of comparison, the FiveThirtyEight data blog looked at the 60 largest cities and found a 16% increase in homicides by September 2015.) An 11% one-year increase in any crime category is massive; an equivalent decrease in homicides would be greeted with high-fives by politicians and police chiefs. Yet the media have tried to repackage that 11% homicide increase as trivial.
Just in time for the Christmas season, a flash mob of “youth” attacked a Mall in suburban Louisville, Kentucky, rioting, looting, and causing general chaos as helpless police officers did essentially nothing but use “restraint.” My friend and Editor of Bearing Arms. Bob Owens, has been kind enough to print my article on that debacle, the Ferguson Effect, and why none of us, ever, can depend on the police to protect us.
If you have a few minutes, it may be worth your time. As always, your comments are much appreciated, there and here.