Events just outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in March 2016, show just how perilous policing in America has become in our post-Ferguson world. They give voice to the “Ferguson Effect” where police are avoiding encounters that could deter crime but also result in criminal charges against them.
On July 8, 2015, multiple Ashe County, NC sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call about an intoxicated and agitated resident who had been the subject of dozens of prior police contacts. When the deputies found the 62 year old man, Dallas Shatley, parked in his pickup truck at the end of a shared driveway, . . .
On March 16, 2014 two Albuquerque police officers responded to a complaint about a man camping illegally in the hills just behind a residential neighborhood. The officers encountered the man on a rocky hillside, and when they called him out of his tent and tried to pat him down for weapons, he pulled out . . .