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The White House on Monday slammed FBI Director James Comey's notion that pervasive cellphone footage featuring police actions has led to an uptick in violent crime.
Comey's comments from last week were brought up during Monday's daily briefing with White House press secretary Josh Earnest after The New York Times reported several people at the Justice Department "privately fumed" at the remarks. Earnest said there was no evidence to back up Comey's statements.
“In fact, you hear law enforcement leaders across the country indicating that that’s not what’s taking place," Earnest said.
Comey has for several days blamed an increase in shootings and killings, in part, on the frequency of civilians reaching for their smartphones to document anything from a traffic stop to a protest. On Friday, he told several hundred students at the University of Chicago Law School the "era of viral videos" has led officers to feel they're "under siege" and unwilling to get out of their cars.
Comey also said the prevalence of drugs and guns may be to blame. On Monday, he reiterated to a group of law enforcement officials at the International Association of Chiefs of Police that he had a "strong sense" officers were changing their behavior for fear of being caught on camera.
The Times notes the White House response can be seen as a reiteration of President Barack Obama's fierce attempts to end a decades-long policy of mass incarceration that primarily targets racial minorities. Under new policies from his administration, federal prison populations declined in 2013 for the first time since 1980.
FBI director James Comey conceded on Monday that he had little evidence to support his theory that a recent increase in crime was caused by heightened scrutiny of the police, as the White House appeared to distance itself from his remarks.
Addressing police chiefs at a conference in Chicago, Comey said he could not be certain that the so-called “Ferguson effect”, following unrest in the Missouri city after the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old last year, had led to a retreat by officers, but said this was “common sense”.
originally posted by: intrptr
Kind of hard for the government to equate violence with videos and then go ahead and allow the release of the next beheading by Jihadi John.
originally posted by: DAVID64As I said in another thread, LEOs are the only people who claim they can't do their job properly with a camera pointed at them. If I build a house and can't be recorded while doing it, I must be scamming on materials. If I can't weld a seam with a camera watching, I must be skipping steps. If law enforcement can't perform a simple traffic stop while being recorded...........................
originally posted by: Edumakated
a reply to: Krazysh0t
Go look up the current murder rate in Baltimore vs what it typically is and come back to us...
Nothing is different in Baltimore. Laws are the same. Population is similar. Nothing changed. Yet, the murder rate is like double. The ONLY thing that occurred is the mess with Freddy Gray and all the other alleged videos in other cities.
It is common sense that police know they are under scrutiny and even doing your job correctly could be used against you. So what are you going to do? You are going to think twice about tangling with the local street thugs for anything except the most serious crimes. It simply isn't worth your career or life. As a result, they are leaving a lot of thugs to roam free which invariable could lead to increased incidents of major crimes.
Police tend to get most of these thugs off the street for relatively minor offenses. small amounts of drugs, Gun charges, etc. Guy gets pulled over for speeding and they find an illegal pistol. He now cannot go shoot someone. So when the police stop this low level stuff, the thug may now have the ability to eventually carry out the deed.
It is nice to have data and everything all neatly packaged, but sometimes you have to use intuition. However, I am sure some sociologist will look back on this in a couple of years and come to the same conclusions.