Former police officer Michael Wood told RT there's no evidence to back up any connection between the video-taping of police brutality and an increase in the murder rate.
“The ‘Ferguson effect’ is a claim, and it’s a claim completely without merit. It’s completely fabricated,” Wood said.
What’s more, this claim actually offends policemen, he added.
“Maybe he doesn’t see it, but that’s insulting police officers: saying that they are scared, and they don’t know how to do their jobs, and they are so afraid of the camera or somebody being around.
And then it’s telling the public: we’re just wild animals, without the police stamping us on the ground, thing will go crazy.”