Is the 'Ferguson effect' real? Researcher has second thoughts

The article examines the proposed ‘Ferguson effect,’ a theory that relates increased crime rate and police killing of African Americans.

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For nearly a year, Richard Rosenfeld’s research on crime trends has been used to debunk the existence of a “Ferguson effect”, a suggested link between protests over police killings of black Americans and an increase in crime and murder. Now, the St Louis criminologist says, a deeper analysis of the increase in homicides in 2015 has convinced him that “some version” of the Ferguson effect may be real. Read more...