James Comey, FBI Director, claims that the spike in crimes is a result of cops being afraid to do their jobs.
The cause of high crime rates in some major cities is a mystery, but the FBI director, Comey, thinks he has a clue to it. Comey says, police officers are scared of being videotaped while confronting suspects.
“There’s a perception that police are less likely to do the marginal additional policing that suppresses crime — the getting out of your car at two in the morning and saying to a group of guys, ‘Hey, what are you doing here?’ ”, he said during a news conference at FBI headquarters in Washington.
In 2015, Comey said in a statement at the University of Chicago Law School that cell phone videos were having negative effects on how police officers behave when interacting with public.
Comey asked, “In today’s YouTube world, are officers reluctant to get out of their cars and do the work that controls violent crime? Are officers answering 911 calls but avoiding the informal contact that keeps bad guys from standing around, especially with guns?”
White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, responded to Comey’s unsupported theories saying, “We just need to make sure that our policy approach to addressing this situation is rooted in evidence and facts. There is still no evidence to substantiate the claim that the increase in violent crime is related to an unwillingness of police officers to do their job.”
Why would an officer be scared of being videotaped if he’s doing the right thing? Why does he blame “Baltimore effect”, seeing how unarmed black men are being shot every day? Why do we need Black Lives Matter so much, if black lives really do matter to government officials and police in particular? There are just too many questions to ask, but there’s no guarantee that there will be answers to all.
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