U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch testified at a House Judiciary Oversight Committee hearing Tuesday (Nov. 17) that there is no data to support the alleged “Ferguson effect.” The theory, spearheaded by FBI director James Comey claims policing tactics are less aggressive since the shootings of Michael Brown, and other unarmed Black men.
“While certainly there may be anecdotal evidence there, as all have noted, there’s no data to support it,” Lynch said.
According to Comey, police are under greater scrutiny since Ferguson, which has ultimately changed policing tactics and contributed to a rise in violent crime.
“Our discussion about civil rights and the appropriate use of force and all police tactics can only serve to make all of us – community members and police officers,” noted Lynch.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and DEA head Chuck Rosenberg support the assertion Comey revealed during a conference in Chicago last month. However, Comey has already acknowledged a lack of evidence supporting the viewpoint.