FBI director says rise in crime …
The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, said on Friday that the additional scrutiny and criticism of police officers in the wake of highly publicized episodes of police brutality may have led to an increase in violent crime in some cities as officers have become less aggressive.
With his remarks, Mr. Comey lent the prestige of the F.B.I., the nation’s most prominent law enforcement agency, to a theory that is far from settled: that the increased attention on the police has made officers less aggressive and emboldened criminals.
Exactly what I’ve been saying.
I’ve also written a lot about one particular type of aggressive police behavior, stop-and-frisk. I believe that put the fear of the law into the people they stopped and frisk, and the abolishment of that policy has emboldened the criminal element who are now more likely to carry handguns.
Also, a few days ago, there was another NY Times article about the soaring murder rate in Baltimore, where the police have especially backed down from being aggressive after the murder prosecution of police officers for just doing their job.