The ‘Ferguson effect’ is when police officers are fearful of viral videos and criticism from all corners of the general public and refrain from rushing into danger, generally speaking. Is this to blame for Chicago police’s decline in activity while violence rages almost out-of-control?
The Chicago PD is under investigation by the Justice Department. And after a threat by the American Civil Liberties Union to sue the department for racial profiling, cops have been ordered to be more selective about who they stop and are required to write a detailed, two-page report on each one.
In a climate of increased scrutiny, a dozen beat cops and recently retired officers told 60 Minutes, off-camera, they’d stepped back and the data reflects that. In the above video, Chicago’s former top cop, Garry McCarthy, called the situation a “crisis.”