James Comey FBI director was “spot on,” says DEA head Chuck Rosenburg, referring to the, ‘Ferguson effect,’ which he believes has made law enforcement officers less effective at cracking down on violent crime.
The New York Post Reports:
WASHINGTON — DEA head Chuck Rosenberg added his support to the theory that increased scrutiny of police behavior since violent citizen-police confrontations in cities such as Ferguson, Missouri, has made law enforcement officers less effective at cracking down on violent crime.
That theory, known as the “Ferguson effect,” has recently been advanced by FBI Director James Comey, whom Rosenberg served as chief of staff until joining the DEA in May. Rosenberg said he had heard from many law enforcement leaders that Comey was “spot on.”
“My sense is that there is more trepidation, and maybe some of that’s good, maybe some degree of trepidation, or reflection, or pause, is a good thing,” he told reporters. But he added that the increased scrutiny on police behavior means some officers now face negative publicity even when they follow protocol.
Rosenberg also expressed opposition to the marijuana legalization movement in the country, and frustration with efforts to legalize the drug based on highlighting its medicinal properties.
“What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal, because it’s not,” he said, noting however that elements of the plant have promise for medicinal uses.
More than 20 states permit some form of medical marijuana. Pro-marijuana groups in six states hope to hold referendums next year on legalizing the drug for recreational use. In October, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the state’s first comprehensive medical marijuana regulations.