After the mass protests following the acquittal of officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown, the “Ferguson effect” was a term coined to describe the potential consequences of such protests.
If officers will face such resistance even after the court system has vindicated their innocence, police will behave knowing any actions they take will be subject to a heightened level of scrutiny. As a result, crime will eventually increase in the wake of anti-police protests.
Out of Ferguson also came the rise of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, which appears to hate blue lives more than it cares about black lives. In 2014, two NYPD officers were killed as revenge for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Rhetoric has consequences – and it’s getting worse.
Via the Daily CallerGun-related police officer deaths have skyrocketed this year.
Data from the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund shows firearm-related deaths of law enforcement officers are up 1,000 percent. In 2016, at least 11 officers have died in gun-related incidents, but the same time last year, only one officer had died.
Despite the increase in gun-related deaths, the total number of deaths is lower than the same time last year, but that is largely because many more law enforcement officers died in traffic incidents. In 2015, eight officers had been killed in traffic incidents by this time last year, but only two have died so far this year, according to the data.
California, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Virginia and Utah have lost one officer in 2016. Maryland and Colorado have seen two deaths each.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]