It couldn’t be that there is a witch hunt against cops, now could it? Police arrests are plummeting across California, fueling alarm and questions – LA Times
Police officers began making fewer arrests. The following year, the Los Angeles Police Department’s arrest numbers dipped even lower and continued to fall, dropping by 25% from 2013 to 2015.
You have dig pretty deep into the article before the mention Michael Brown and Ferguson, Mo. That was in 2014, though it looks like the decline started before that.
Some in the city counsel are amazed that arrests are going down while crime is not. But really, what do you expect cops to do?
In a nationwide survey conducted in 2016 by the Pew Research Center, 72% of the law enforcement officers questioned said their colleagues were less likely to stop and question suspicious people.
So there’s that.