An article on USA Today titled, “’Ferguson effect’: 72% of U.S. cops reluctant to make stops” brings attention to a statistic that is unsettling in the United States, however is a reality that we face today in 2017. Due to the negative media attention law enforcement has received over the past few years, officers have become more reluctant to use force due to what the public eye will think. Over 80% of police said that their daily work is harder due to these high profile cases.
Per the article, “Former Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy recently tied the surge in violence in the nation’s third largest city — which tallied 762 murders and more than 4,300 shooting victims in 2016 — to a decline in street stops by cops.
We encourage you to read the full article here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/01/11/ferguson-effect-study-72-us-cops-reluctant-make-stops/96446504/