FBI Director Still Worries About Viral Videos Chilling Effect On Police Work

FBI Director James B. Comey speaks at a news conference on Thursday in Chicago.
FBI Director James B. Comey speaks at a news conference on Thursday in Chicago. Charles Rex Arbogast / AP Photo
FBI Director James B. Comey speaks at a news conference on Thursday in Chicago.
FBI Director James B. Comey speaks at a news conference on Thursday in Chicago. Charles Rex Arbogast / AP Photo

FBI Director Still Worries About Viral Videos Chilling Effect On Police Work

Last fall, FBI Director James Comey raised a controversial question: In today’s YouTube world, are officers reluctant to get out their cars and do the work that controls violent crime?

He’s still wondering about the relationship, as crime in cities like Chicago, continue to rise.

At a briefing in Chicago on Thursday, Comey said he’s not sure if viral videos are a contributing factor to the spike in violent crime in some cities.

“I worry about it enough that I’ve decided to talk about it so we stare at it and ask ourselves: Is there an estrangement that is contributing in some way?” Comey said.

The director said he worries not only about how viral videos affect how officers do their jobs — but also, how they might make communities reluctant to cooperate with officers because of an inaccurate perception.