“I don't know what the answer is, but holy cow, do we have a problem,” says FBI Director James Comey. It's become known as the “Ferguson effect”. “A whole lot of people are dying. I don't want to drive around it.”
“There's a perception that police are less likely to do the marginal additional policing that suppresses crime—the getting out of your car at 2 in the morning and saying to a group of guys, 'Hey, what are you doing here?'” Comey stated.
So why the shift in policing? Comey once again repeated that he believes it's due to the “viral video effect”. Those few seconds of a video that show force and then it goes viral. The reality is that the seconds before and after the video are never part of the media coverage – and this is truly the travesty. As Lt. Randy Sutton recently said to me, whenever you arrest someone or 'take them down' – it's not like they come willingly! Many of these criminals turn to brute force in these encounters with law enforcement.
A Major Cities Chiefs Association quarterly report shows increasing crime rates across the nation. Cities across the U.S. are experiencing a surge in homicides – especially murder rates. Murders are up in roughly 30 cities nationwide so far this year. Cities like Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Nashville, and San Antonio are reporting sizable increases.
LISTEN IN TO THE RADIO BROADCAST for a unique perspective from Lt. Randy Sutton and yours truly. Here is my quick skinny on the subject. What has taken place in the law enforcement community is incomprehensible to any reasonably minded citizen of this nation. More than this – it's unacceptable and was ONE HUNDRED PERCENT AVOIDABLE! The Obama administration and the political elite in this country should hang their heads in shame!! In two short years, the political class have undone decades of progress, eroded trust, and disturbed the very foundation of a lawful society that America has always relied upon.
POLICE WEEK 2016
Sunday, May 15, 2016 through Saturday, May 21, 2016
WE HONOR ALL OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY FOR THEIR UNDYING SUPPORT AND COURAGE IN PROTECTING OUR FAMILIES, FRIENDS, AND COMMUNITIES.
Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. May God Bless each and every life and may He bless the entire law enforcement community.
Visit Town Hall to read Lt. Sutton's commentary: Ban President Obama From Police Week
Additionally, watch his video production and commentary, featured on Facebook.