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FBI Director: Cops Are Nervous About Doing Their Jobs ‘In the Age of Viral Videos’

FBI Director James Comey has been talking a lot this past weekend about the police and #BlackLivesMatter, specifically about why officers are more reluctant to do their jobs “in the age of viral videos.”

In a speech to the University of Chicago Law School, Comey said there is a “chill wind that has blown through American law enforcement over the last year,” partly due to people taking out their cell phones and “taunting” officers as they record them doing their jobs.

He said one police leader “urged his force to remember that their political leadership has no tolerance for a viral video,” and officers need to keep doing their jobs as normal in order to keep their communities safe.

Comey is talking about what is colloquially referred to as the “Ferguson effect,” cops not doing their jobs out of worry about being overtly scrutinized.

Comey elaborated today at the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual convention:

“Each time somebody interprets hashtag Black Lives Matter as anti-law enforcement, one line moves away. And each time someone interprets hashtag ‘police lives matter’ as anti-black the other line moves away.”

Watch a clip of his remarks above, via CNN.

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