Police are public officials with a tremendous amount of power. They warrant at least as much scrutiny as any other public official, if not more. But scrutiny is one thing, while a cascade of reflexive, unbalanced and often vitriolic criticism is something else. Or to put it more bluntly, criticism is criticism but hate is hate.
There is a widespread suspicion among those who follow the subject that growing police caution in the wake of escalating condemnation (caution known as the "Ferguson effect" and noted by, among others, Jim Comey of the FBI and Chuck Rosenberg of the DEA) has contributed to increased aggressiveness by criminals over at least the last two years. That, in turn, is thought to be one of the reasons violent crime in our major cities surged in 2015 and 2016. Sharply increased crime is one the "legacies" from President Obama that the press tends to be less than eager to cover -- or, when it is covered, to identify as rooted in Obama's Justice Department and its kindred spirits such as, for example, Black Lives Matter and the ACLU.
Increased crime and related low police morale are, nonetheless, facts the new Administration has no choice but to confront. Fortunately, it appears from this illuminating LifeZette article by Edmund Kozak that President Trump is off to a good start.