"Ferguson Effect" Police Feared May not Be Real, New Study Shows

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St. Louis police began to raise fears of a "Ferguson Effect," where police are afraid to arrest criminals and crimes go up as a result, shortly after people started gathering to protest the police shooting of Michael Brown. But a recent study at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore shows that they may not actually be true. For the eight months following the Ferguson protests, crime in Baltimore stayed at consistent rates, with only normal fluctuations in crimes like assault or theft. But arrests did go down, especially for minor crimes. Police arrests for crimes like disorderly conduct and destruction of property dropped by 30% during the eight months after the protests.


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