Last night on “The Kelly File,” Megyn Kelly discussed the idea that President Obama’s rhetoric on the police has contributed to what The Wall Street Journal has referred to as “the Ferguson effect,” reports the Washington Examiner. “The Ferguson effect” is the idea that all cops, especially white cops, are racist.
Many have suggested that the recent rise in crime is linked to “the Ferguson effect.” Cop are afraid to do their jobs, because they are afraid of being accused of racism. Beyond merely a verbal accusation, this could lead to situations such as in the case of Officer Darren Wilson, who was rightly acquitted of all charges, or in the case of Freddie Gray, where the six cops where indicted on various charges. If they are found guilty of even one charge, this could mean the loss of their jobs or the end of their careers.
There has been a rise in crime from the time of the Ferguson incident until now. Many are blaming “the Ferguson effect” on the rise in crime. Prior to the Ferguson incident, public safety had been on the rise for 20 years.
Last night Megyn Kelly also blamed President Obama’s criticism of police as a contributing factor, insinuating that the rise in crime is also attributed to the low cop morale. Kelly attributes President Obama’s criticism of police as a contributing factor to the low cop morale. In addition to the President’s criticism, the growing “anti-cop mentality” is also a major contributing factor to the low cop morale. The President criticism of the police encourages this “anti-cop mentality.”
Radio host Richard Fowler told Kelly:
We need to bring back officer-friendly and put police officers back in the classroom to break down the stigma and the barriers that exist between police departments and communities.
But the cops listening to that would say: Wait a minute. You take certain cities. You throw allegations against an individual cop. The allegations do not withstand legal scrutiny. You get the public ginned up into believing cops are racist officers who need to be stopped. That gets disproven in many of these instances. And then your answer is: we really need to come together and … the police need to teach them that they’re not bad!
And the police are saying: wait a minute. You’re the ones who created the image that we are bad in a lot of these cases!
Kelly points out the irony that the very people who have encouraged the “anti-cop mentality” are now trying to create the idea that the cops are not bad. It’s not a bad thing, but it would have been easier to just support cops to begin with and help people understand that not all cops are bad or racist.