‘The Daily Show’ Claps Back at ‘Ferguson Effect’ Myth

By Kenrya Rankin Nov 04, 2015

On Monday’s “The Daily Show,” new host Trevor Noah posited that the “Ferguson Effect"—which claims that negative police coverage following the death of Michael Brown at the hands of police has stifled policing and boosted the crime rate—is bunk.

He’s not the only one who dismisses the term. In the clip above, Noah points out that a recent study published in the American Psychological Association journal "Law and Human Behavior" shows that not only are crime rates actually falling over time, but that “officers who perceive their agency as fair are more willing to partner with the community to solve problems, regardless of the effects of negative publicity.” 

As Noah said: “But these are just facts. They don’t count.”

He closed the segment with an epic, full-circle takedown:

The police are just trying to make basic point. People are treating them unfairly just because of who they are and how they look. People following them around with cameras, watching everything they do, suspicious that they’re always about to break the law—leaving police afraid to even get out of their cars for fear that someone might whip out a phone and brutally film them. Who can imagine how that must feel? And if you listen carefully, all the police are saying is, “phones down, don’t shoot.”

(H/t The Huffington Post)