Veteran Chicago Police Officer, FOP More Afraid Of Media Reaction, Lawsuits and Discipline Based on False Claims of Misconduct Than Being Killed or Hurt

As many wonder what is causing violence in Chicago and how to solve the gun violence issue, one veteran Chicago Police officer is sharing his rare, first-hand perspective on what he believes to be the cause of crime in Chicago.

The Ferguson Effect is the concept that increased scrutiny of police has led to an increased crime rate (or sometimes increased murder rate) in major U.S. cities. The effect on police refers to less vigorous enforcement in situations because the situations might lead to community, legal and other types of backlash. The term was coined by Doyle Sam Dotson III, the chief of the St. Louis police, to account for an increased murder rate in some U.S. cities following the Ferguson unrest following the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

The threat of lawsuits and discipline based upon false claims of misconduct, and the city’s willingness to settle them, has had a devastating effect on policing and public safety.

— Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)

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