FBI Director James Comey has gotten himself in a little hot water with President Obama over his recent remarks on the increase in violent crime. During Monday’s daily briefing at the White House, Press Secretary John Earnest said there was no evidence to back up Comey’s statements.
Comey has apparently been going around the last few days spouting nonsense that the increase in violent crime is due, in part, to civilians reaching for their cell phones to record traffic stops, protests or any other police contact. This past Friday, in an appearance at The University of Chicago Law School, Comey said that the “era of viral videos” has led officers to feel they are “under siege” and “unwilling to get out of their cars.”
So let’s get this straight. Because so many citizens are fearful of police brutality, including getting shot for no reason, using their cell phones as the only means of protection they have is now somehow preventing police from doing their jobs?
Going from bad to worse, Comey said in a speech Monday to the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Chicago that he had a “strong sense” officers were changing their behavior for fear of being caught on camera.
Each time somebody interprets [the] hashtag ‘Black Lives Matter’ as anti-law enforcement, one line moves away, and each time that someone interprets [the] hashtag ‘Police Lives Matter’ as anti-black, the other line moves away.
I swear to God I am not making this up.
President Obama has made no secret of his desire to end the decades-long trend of mass incarceration which primarily affects racial minorities. Under his tenure, federal prison populations have declined for the first time since 1980. The President is due to speak at the very same Chiefs of Police event on Tuesday. You think he might have something to say in response to Comey’s remarks?
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