According to former Judge, Paul Cassell, who teaches at the University of Utah’ S.J. Quinney College of law, the surge in violence across the US is due to what he calls the Minneapolis Effect.
Because of the death George Floyd at the end of May, there has been a backlash against police and calls to defund police departments. This has resulted in police becoming less proactive when dealing with crime resulting in escalating violence across the country.
The Western Journal explains:
That is the contention advanced by one researcher who believes that the full-scale retreat from supporting police that has taken place in Minneapolis and other cities is fueling an increase in violence that is claiming American lives.
“I think what Minneapolis is seeing is the same thing we’re seeing all over the country,” Paul Cassell, a professor at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law and a former federal judge, told KMSP-TV.
“We’re seeing a reduction in proactive policing, and as a result of that homicide and shootings are skyrocketing all over the country.”
That began the chain of events, he said, but what followed was a pattern in which police departments backed down and backed off of tactics that would deter crime before it took place.
Cassell was not the first person to notice this. Manhattan Institute scholar Heather MacDonald noted that by early July, the number of shootings in Minneapolis this year was over double the same time frame the previous year.
She likened this increase in violence to the Ferguson Effect that saw a spike in violent crime after the 2014 fatal shooting of a Black teen, Michael Brown, in St Louis by police.
Now, a “Minneapolis Effect” already is evident following the demands to defund police in the wake of the death of George Floyd, Mac Donald points out in a column for her think tank.
She cited a a Minneapolis Star Tribune analysis showing shootings in Minneapolis have more than doubled this year compared to last. Nearly half of all those shootings have occurred since George Floyd’s death on Memorial Day, May 25.
“Today’s violent-crime increase – call it Ferguson Effect 2.0 or the Minneapolis Effect – has come on with a speed and magnitude that make Ferguson 1.0 seem tranquil,” she wrote.
In her column, MacDonald stated that the increase in violence after Brown’s killing had a profound impact on the black community as it resulted in “an additional 2,000 black homicide victims in 2015 and 2016, compared with 2014 numbers.”
She added that an investigation of Brown’s killing by Barack Obama and Eric Holder’s justice department concluded the teen was at fault. READ: The unwinding of law and order in our cities has happened with stunning speed.