AG Lynch: There Is No Data to Prove ‘Ferguson Effect’


Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Tuesday that there is no data to support the “Ferguson effect,” the idea that the police are not aggressively protecting communities since the increased use of videos and the focus on police tactics after the death of Michael Brown last summer in the St. Louis suburb, reports the Washington Post. In testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Lynch agreed with President Obama and disagreed with comments made by FBI Director James B. Comey and Chuck Rosenberg, the acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, both of whom report to her.

“While certainly there might be anecdotal evidence there, as all have noted, there's no data to support it,” Lynch said. In the four-hour hearing, Lynch was questioned on a range of issues including gun control, marijuana and the investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's e-mails. Lynch called for congressional action on criminal justice reform, saying that the Justice Department was “eager to see meaningful sentencing reform enacted.”

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