Heather MacDonald of the Manhattan Institute has written extensively in well-researched articles about the Black Lives Matter phenomenon and the so-called “Ferguson effect”– the notion that the perfectly natural police reaction to the Ferguson, Missouri and Chicago shootings and the community and media backlash against the police was a leading cause of the significant crime spikes in American cities. Of course, the left pounced on these findings as right wing nonsense and has spent the past year attempting to debunk these claims. But now we have a Department of Justice-funded report that has found that this Ferguson effect is probably the most plausible explanation for this surge in crime. As the author of the study said, “predatory violence increases because offenders believe victims and witnesses will not call the police”. Guess which groups of citizens suffer most?
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