FBI director tells police chiefs they can learn from Black Lives Matter hashtag

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Absent From The Debate: Obama’s Refugee Calamity.

CHICAGO — Speaking to a ballroom of thousands of police chiefs and top law enforcement officials, FBI Director James B. Last night, there was time at the Republican presidential debate to discuss vaccinations and the ten-dollar bill but not a word was uttered about one of the most pressing issues – Obama’s imminent plan to bring in thousands of Islamic refugees from Syria.

The Ferguson effect is the Bigfoot of American criminal justice: Fervently believed to be real by some, doubted by many others, reportedly glimpsed here and there, but never yet attested to by any hard evidence.Meanwhile, Comey’s statements echo what a few have called the Ferguson effect, the idea that increased criticism of officers has made them police less proactively, leading to increases in crime because officers are not stopping violence from happening but rather waiting to be called once a crime has been committed. “Far more people are being killed in many American cities, many of them people of color, and it’s not the cops doing the killing”.

Comey said Monday that the national debate over whether the phrase “Black Lives Matter” is anti-cop is further deteriorating the relationship between police officers and minority communities. Overall, they plan to expand the current refugee cap of 70,000 worldwide to 100,000 over the next few years, enabling them to admit tens of thousands more from the Middle East. This is not a new theory — it has been voiced here by the head of the police union and by the former police commissioner, who said he believed officers “took a knee” after April’s riots. The New York Times notes that unnamed officials at the Justice Department, when informed of Comey’s remarks, “fumed” and indicated they did not share his views.

And he urged police to embrace the hashtag as an opportunity to better understand those they are sworn to protect. “There is a line of law enforcement and a line of communities we serve, especially of communities of color…,” Comey said. “Each time somebody interprets hashtag Black Lives Matter as anti-law enforcement, one line moves away. While there are plenty of experts who disagree, what makes Comey’s comments so rattling is that if there is an observable Ferguson effect, it may suggest that many law-enforcement agencies have come to rely on abusive or questionable practices, rather than developing other crime-control strategies that could be successful even under public scrutiny. “The question that has been asked of me, is whether these kinds of things are changing police behavior all over the country,” Comey said during a speech at the University of Chicago Law School. “And the answer is, I don’t know. Violent crime – including homicides – have increased dramatically in many large cities, Comey said, pointing to Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Washington and Baltimore by name.

Comey said it would have been better if the refugees were from Iraq since the U.S. had a “database” of information there “because of our country’s work there for a decade”. Comey admits is a lack of any real data to support it, the theory is a damaging one to advance, as it only underscores the disconnect between police and the communities they are supposed to serve. The national scope of U.S.-based extremist inquiries has been the subject of much recent discussion. “They have pulled back from the ability to interdict … they don’t want to be a news story themselves, they don’t want their career ended early, and it’s having an impact”. Comey said he has heard anecdotal evidence that officers are being told by superiors that their political leaders have “no tolerance for a viral video,” and that as a consequence, officers are reluctant to get out of their cars and question suspicious people. “Lives are saved when those potential killers are confronted by a police officer, a strong police presence and actual, honest-to-goodness, up-close ‘What are you guys doing on this corner at 1 o’clock in the morning’ policing,” Mr. Here’s what Comey said Friday: I’ve been part of a lot of thoughtful conversations with law enforcement, elected officials, academics, and community members in recent weeks.

Comey seems to have disclosed the number in order to buttress his case that the Bureau is finding it very hard to keep up with the anti-ISIS caseload. Even though such a decrease sounds like good news, Comey said that it is still not known how the lack of Middle East travel attempts will impact domestic terror threats by ISIS supporters and operatives. The issue is the use of force when it’s not needed, the violation of civil rights and the general dehumanization of people who live in high crime areas, usually African Americans. The two were among 5 people shot at the scene including Chew’s 11-month-old son. “But it is also true that white people buy and use most of the drugs in this country – and the white peoples’ demand for drugs drives the drug trade that is destroying black neighborhoods”. The killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., which sparked the era of heightened scrutiny for officers, was not captured on video and proved less clear-cut than reports initially suggested.

Louis, Cleveland and elsewhere — but noted that the “age of viral videos” has fundamentally changed police work and made officers more hesitant to do the kind of policing that prevents violence. But a series of subsequent cases — the killings of Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott and Sam DuBose, the arrest of Sandra Bland and others — cannot be construed as situations conscientious officers would find themselves in simply by doing their jobs. Those comments, interpreted by some as a validation of the “Ferguson Effect” — a theory advanced by some that riots and racial unrest in places such as St.

Louis and Baltimore have prompted police officers to become more restrained, resulting in upticks in violent crime that otherwise would not have occurred — almost immediately drew skepticism among groups advocating police reform. “The assertions made by Director Comey are outrageous. A major obstacle to assessing the recent spike is that social scientists struggle to explain fluctuations in the crime rate even when there is copious data to work with.

By his own admission, these statements are not backed up by data, and there are mixed reports about levels of crime since the heightened scrutiny of police officers began after the protests in Ferguson,” Amnesty International USA executive director Steven W. Given the history of drug dealing and other crime in the area, few would question officers’ decision to approach the corner where Gray and another man where hanging out on the morning of April 12. We shouldn’t just seek to block entry of those who are already trained terrorist infiltrators like the 9/11 hijackers; we must also keep out the likes of those who danced in the streets of Brooklyn, NY when we were attacked. Obama, speaking Friday on a criminal justice panel at the White House, said that he had ordered a Department of Justice review of current crime rates that concluded that there has been no statistically significant national crime wave post-Ferguson. “We have seen incredible, historic reductions in crime over the last 20 years.

I know that there’s been some talk in the press about spikes that are happening this year relative to last year,” Obama said. “I’ve asked my team to look very carefully at it — Attorney General Lynch has pulled together a task force — and it does look like there are a handful of cities where we’re seeing higher-than-normal spikes. The FBI just arrested a 15-year-old boy in Philadelphia who was plotting an “ISIS style” attack against the Pope when he visits Washington next week. Are those who say officers are afraid of scrutiny willing to argue that actions like those are necessary — or even in any way helpful — to the cause of preventing violent crime? He probably knew no other country but America and had all the reason in the world to love this country and appreciate the opportunity it afforded him. African Americans were stopped at a rate far beyond their share of the population, but more to the point, black motorists were twice as likely to be searched as white ones — even though drugs and weapons turned up more frequently in cars driven by whites.

Blacks were charged with a variety of minor offenses — from possession of small amounts of marijuana to resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer — far more frequently than whites. North Carolina keeps more detailed data on such encounters than other states, but the pattern held in other places where the Times was able to conduct a similar analysis. With the growing success of cyber-Jihad there is no way to ensure that these thousands of Syrian refugees of military age will not become radicalized and bite the hand that feeds them. The casualty of not having conservatives moderate GOP presidential debates is that Republican voters are never treated to a serious discussion about immigration, perhaps the most consequential issue of our time.

The only discussion of immigration last night was centered on the liberal moderator’s false choice about whether we should physically deport “Every last” illegal alien in the country. Absent from the debate was a true discourse about the fundamental transformation of our country through immigration that is transpiring without the input of the people.

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