FBI Director Comey thinks that viral videos are causing an increase in violent crime as well as a the public's distrust of the police.
The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey, declared on Friday that it is viral videos that has been the leading cause of the rise in violent crime throughout the United States. The rise in violent crime in America’s major cities, he contends, is due to cell phones being readily available to tape police actions and other crimes.
Comey, according to The Huffington Post, was addressing the law school at the University of Chicago. He stated that he believes more must be done to close the widening gulf between the police and the citizenry especially in Black communities. He went on to say that police from all over the country are saying that there is a link between viral videos and the rise in violent crime and police confrontation.
Comey said that there has been a new emphasis on police forces using less violence especially as a first resort rather than a last one. He also said that progress being made between local police and their communities is being strained by videos and is drawing them further apart. He noted that violent crime, especially murder, was way up in the fifty largest cities in the country. He cited Baltimore which is experiencing a murder a day now.
In addition to viral videos, Comey sees other factors involved in the rise of violence in America’s biggest cities. He cites guns in the hands of would-be criminals, the availability of dirt cheap heroin, and street gangs scaling down and becoming fiercely protective of smaller territories.
Police officers are telling him that, much of the time, they don’t even want to get out of their patrol cars. People have become more aggressive, they say. Especially the younger ones who emerge with their cell phone cameras already taping away.
It is lawful, in America, to video record any incident involving a police officer or to simply stand at the scene and be a witness. Time and again, it has passed constitutional muster in the nation’s courts.