An anti-law enforcement backlash in the wake of deadly police encounters may be helping fuel a spike in violent crime, according to FBI chief James Comey.
In a speech at the University of Chicago Law School Friday, the agency’s director weighed in on the so-called Ferguson effect that supposedly makes police less aggressive and criminals more so, the New York Times reports.
“I don’t know whether that explains it entirely, but I do have a strong sense that some part of the explanation is a chill wind that has blown through American law enforcement over the last year,” Comey said.
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