FBI Director James Comey: Police Officers Reluctant to Do Their Job in #BlackLivesMatter Era

FBI director James Comey argued this weekend during a talk at the University of Chicago that scrutiny of police conduct and the threat of exposure through “viral videos” has generated a “chill wind blowing through American law enforcement over the last year.”

** Murder rates are up across the country since the Obama endorsed Black Lives Matter movement took off last year.

Police officers today are under constant threat of exposure and abuse since the violent #BlackLivesMatter movement formed after the shooting of robber Michael Brown.


From the video:

FBI Director James Comey has been talking a lot this past weekend about the police and #BlackLivesMatter, specifically about why officers are more reluctant to do their jobs “in the age of viral videos.”

In a speech to the University of Chicago Law School, Comey said there is a “chill wind that has blown through American law enforcement over the last year,” partly due to people taking out their cell phones and “taunting” officers as they record them doing their jobs.

He said one police leader “urged his force to remember that their political leadership has no tolerance for a viral video,” and officers need to keep doing their jobs as normal in order to keep their communities safe.

Comey is talking about what is colloquially referred to as the “Ferguson effect,” cops not doing their jobs out of worry about being overtly scrutinized.Comey elaborated today at the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual convention:

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