The Ferguson Effect
In the past year, homicide rates have risen 17% in America’s 56 largest cities. Crime is going up and police are retreating in what many are calling “The Ferguson Effect.” Heather MacDonald, who supports this theory, suggests that protests against police made them afraid to do their job and resulted in higher violent crime rates. Critics of this theory, including criminologists and the FBI Director, are afraid that calling it the “Ferguson effect” fails to fully analyze the problem. They don’t believe the rise in nationwide crime is that monumental, but do agree that homicides are increasing due to less proactive policing. Both sides agree that the community needs to get involved to help.
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