The FBI has released a report which studied last years cop-killing sprees and found that police officers nationwide are “de-policing” and more hesitant to do their jobs in the post-Ferguson America, according to The Washington Times.
Because of what has been called the “Ferguson Effect,” both departments and individual officers have stopped “engaging in proactive policing,” the FBI report, “Assailant Study - Mindsets and Behaviors,” states.
Since the shooting of Michael Brown in 2014, the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, and the subsequent social justice riots over perceived police brutality, the report found these events “made it socially acceptable to challenge and discredit the actions of law enforcement.”
The study looked at 50 incidents of officers killed in the line of duty in 2016. While most suspects shot at officers to avoid custody, nearly 30% said they simply wanted to shoot a cop. As a result, the report noted:
Nearly every police official interviewed agreed that for the first time, law enforcement not only felt that their national political leaders [publicly] stood against them, but also that the politicians’ words and actions signified that disrespect to law enforcement was acceptable in the aftermath of the Brown shooting.
Law enforcement officials believe that defiance and hostility displayed by assailants toward law enforcement appears to be the new norm.
In addition, a Pew survey of police officers found 86% feel policing is more difficult, 93% are more concerned for their safety, 75% say stops are more tense, 72% are more reluctant to question suspicious people, and 76% are reluctant to use force.
The Washington Times recaps many of the deadly shootings from last year:
Five officers were killed in the Dallas ambush, which coincided with a protest against police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota, while three officers died in the Baton Rouge massacre.
Last year was particularly deadly for police: Sixty-four were shot and killed in the line of duty, a 56 percent increase from 2015. Of those, 21 were killed in ambush-style attacks, “the highest total in more than two decades,” according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
While racial tension has been the focus of deadly police encounters since the Brown shooting, nearly half of the assailants who killed officers in 2016 — 48 percent — were white, the FBI study found.
Of the rest, 36 percent were black, 14 percent were Hispanic, and 2 percent were Native Alaskan. Nearly all — 86 percent — had criminal histories; 60 percent had used drugs, and 32 percent were under the influence at the time of the attack.
In addition, 26 percent were under active warrants, and 24 percent had known gang affiliations. All were men.
As departments continue encouraging “de-policing,” criminals are exploiting that and becoming emboldened to commit crimes. Add to that the decriminalization of drugs and reduced sentencing in giving violent criminals more incentive to commit acts.
Here's the result of all of this, thanks to racist organizations like Black Lives Matter and the Democratic leadership which encourages them: The FBI report made note of one incident in which a cop wouldn’t shoot a suspect who had the officer pinned on the ground and beating him because the officer didn’t want his family or his department “to have to go through the scrutiny the next day on the national news.”
Let's hope the damage done by the Obama years is reversed, and soon.