Pre and Post Ferguson Policing

I just read an interesting report, “Assailant Study.”  The FBI examined the forces behind the killing of 62 police officers last year.  This is a 56% spike in officer murders over 2015.

Some results were predictable.  86% of the studied assailants had a a violent criminal history.  18% had mental health issues and a gob were dopers.  You know, the usual crapola that any street cop could tell you.

After gathering the above info the FBI contacted a number of police officials.  Surprise, surprise.  Nearly all of those contacted believed the national political leaders stood against them.  That the words and deeds of politicians emboldened and empowered criminals by signifying that disrespecting the law and police officers was OK and the norm.  Police officials also stated that , in the wake of Ferguson, news outlets and social media exposed viewers to a steady narrative of police wrong doing and misconduct.

Experienced cops know the two distinct worlds of policing.  Pre and post Ferguson.  Politicians and others continue to assign ill will to and castigate Americas cops, they will get what they want.  The cops will do nothing.

Chicago comes to mind.  Why would an cop in his/her right mind want to jump off in a situation that could potentially earn them the latest viral FB post.

Some cops are leery of shootFergusoning a violent, drug fueled suspect.  Even at the risk of great bodily harm to themselves.

Maybe, just maybe the new Justice Department and Administration can turn the negative narrative into a positive.  Let’s all hope so.


About Ken Dye

Having grown up in Missouri, Ken Dye graduated from Northeastern Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and served his country. When he returned to St. Louis, he joined the St. Louis County Police Department and served in the tactical operations unit, as an undercover narcotics and homicide detective, and with the intelligence bureaus. After 13 years, he moved to Chicago to work with the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority. He is the author of three books: two crime novels, Shadow of the Arch and Beyond the Shadow of the Arch and his new release Michael Brown, Jr. didn’t have to die, a non-fiction narrative. For more information about the author, visit
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