DEA Chief’s Explosive Comments About the ‘Ferguson Effect’

Chuck Rosenberg
Chuck Rosenberg

The nation’s top drug enforcement official, DEA Chief Chuck Rosenberg told reporters that FBI Director James Comey was “spot on” when he said the crime surges in some large cities may be linked to police officers’ reluctance to engage suspects.

“I think there is something to it,” Chuck Rosenberg told reporters, referring to the so-called “Ferguson-effect” in which police are afraid to react or stop hoodlums for fear of creating civil unrest. “I think (Comey) was spot on.” Rosenberg made his remarks on Wednesday.

Comey told law students in Chicago last month that police were struggling to cope with violent crime because “a chill wind” had “blown through law enforcement over the last year and that wind is surely changing behavior.”

“In today’s YouTube world,” Comey asked, “are officers reluctant to get out of their cars and do the work that controls violent crime?”

That was followed by Obama repeating his comments suggesting police are more responsible than they are and calling Comey into his office.

“I will say that the available evidence at this point does not support the notion that law enforcement officers around the country are shying away from fulfilling their responsibilities,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said last week. “On the contrary, I think you’ve seen a lot of local law enforcement leaders indicate that police officers and sheriffs and other local law enforcement officials are actually dedicated public servants who on a daily basis are putting their lives on the line to serve and protect the communities that they’re assigned to.”

Rosenberg, Comey’s former chief of staff before becoming acting DEA administrator in May, said he has heard similar concerns from local law enforcement officials.

“I’ve heard the same things,” Rosenberg said. “I think it’s worth talking about. I don’t know if it will turn out to be right or wrong. That’s why Comey called for better data. The data that we have is limited. It just is.”

“When you get criticized from the right and the left, you probably hit it just about perfectly,” Rosenberg said.

Crime has risen in Baltimore, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louie, New York and other cities where the police are not supported and where crime had been on the decline prior to the “Ferguson effect”.

“We also cannot avert our gaze from the fact that police in cities feel like they are not being supported by the federal government,” Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn told Loretta Lynch last month, referring to the investigation of more than 20 police agencies. “Right now, officers feel like they are being defined by everything they are working against.”

“Every incident, regardless of where it happens, they are made to feel they must answer for,” the chief said. “It’s hurting them. National policing policy is being driven by random YouTube.videos.”

All anyone has to do is compare the stats before and after Ferguson and Baltimore. All anyone has to do is recall how politicians allowed Ferguson and Baltimore to burn while police were kept from doing their job. The attacks on and unfair treatment of police who have not yet been tried didn’t help.

Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County, WI, on Hannity’s show on May 20th of this year, called out the “President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing as being filled with elitist “lap dog bureaucrats” and “academic elitists” who are all unelected and who will now transform our law enforcement and justice systems.

The right is “kind of getting it” but the leftists are distracting from the real problem of the American ghetto and that’s not our police.

The problem lies in the destruction of the black culture because of liberalism.

“It is modern liberalism that has been a wrecking ball on the black community and the black family structure.”

“Modern liberalism celebrates black underachievement, it finds excuses for subhuman behavior, and it blames other people for some flawed lifestyle choices, questionable at best lifestyle choices, made on behalf of many young black males, unfortunately. And I want to keep this focus on where we really need and where we can really make some strides and this is when we start to shame this culture.”

“This black subculture behavior that denigrates the work, the blood, the sweat, the tears of people who had to live through slavery and live through Jim Crow, because they would look at what’s going on today, Sean, they would shun this sort of behavior. They wouldn’t celebrate it like liberals and like modern liberalism has.”

Hannity asked why Obama ignores black on black crime and Clarke said he believes it’s because Obama uses the strategy of “divide and conquer” which has proven effective for him, along with his faux war on women, class warfare, racial division. It’s worked though two presidential elections so why stop now.

Source: USA Today