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Study blames ‘ACLU’ effect of a strong increase of the crime in Chicago. Mike Tobin has more on the study.

The American Civil Liberties Union is to blame for a spike in the bloodshed in the troubled streets of Chicago – that is the conclusion of a new study by the University of Utah.

You may remember the photograph of Laquan McDonald. Dramatic video of a Chicago police officer to shoot him 16 times was released in 2015. What followed was a massive street demonstrations and tense discussion over ethnic profiling by the police. icular attention was paid to the police stopping young black men and checking for weapons.

An agreement was reached between the Chicago Police Department and the ACLU and, in 2016, a plan was carried out for which street cops to fill out contact cards with enhanced detail explaining why persons were apprehended. The cards have 70 entries, some in essay form.

Authors of the study claim that the paperwork takes 15 to 20 minutes and has discouraged police to stop suspicious people and check for weapons.

The American Civil Liberties Union is to blame for a spike in the bloodshed in the troubled streets of Chicago – that is the conclusion of a new study by the University of Utah.

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Approximately 100,000 records were included for all of 2016, an 82 percent decrease from 600,000 the previous year. For the same period, gun violence spiked – 754 people were killed in Chicago, a 58 percent increase from 480 last year. The study concludes Chicago passed for 1,100 additional pictures of the previous year.

“Criminals on the streets of Chicago became more and more encouraged to carry weapons. The deterrent effect is reduced,” says Paul Cassell, one of the two authors of the study. “If there are more weapons on the street is run by criminals, the predictable result is an increase in gun-related crimes.”

Dramatic video of a Chicago police officer shooting Chicago teen Laquan McDonald 16 times, was released in 2015. What followed was a massive street demonstrations and tense discussion over ethnic profiling by the police.

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The ACLU argues that the study is flawed, that the authors watched a few of the developments on a timeline and jump to the conclusion that the cause of the other.

“It’s junk science,” said Karen Sheley, an attorney with the ACLU. “It makes the claim that mathematics can be used to show what caused another. When people who understand the social science know the most it can show is the correlation of two things might have happened at the same time.”

The ACLU also argues that the report does not take into account other factors, such as anger on the street about the McDonald shooting and the appearance that the police falsified their reports following the shooting.

After the police shooting of Chicago teen Laquan McDonald, an agreement was reached between the Chicago Police Department and the ACLU and, in 2016, a plan was carried out for which street cops to fill out contact cards with enhanced detail explaining why persons were apprehended. Authors of the study claim that the paperwork takes 15 to 20 minutes and has discouraged police to stop suspicious people and check for weapons.

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Cassell defends he did look at factors such as anger and distrust of the police, even the opioid epidemic. The study concludes that the anomaly is, what he calls, the ACLU effect; the administrative burden on the street the police, making them reluctant to get the police pro-active. That he claimed, separated from the control of criminals and resulted in bloodshed.

“We have a collection of data,” Cassell said, “that comes together to make it clear that there is a causal link exists.”

Michael Tobin joined FOX News Channel (FNC) in 2001 and currently serves as a Chicago based correspondent.

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