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11/03/2015 10:19 am ET Updated Nov 03, 2015

Trevor Noah Takes On 'The Ferguson Effect'

Police now live in fear "of someone whipping out their phone and brutally filming them."

The "Ferguson Effect" is overblown, Trevor Noah argued Monday night on "The Daily Show."

The term refers to the theory that negative coverage of police in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death has led to less policing and, consequently, higher crime rates. FBI Director James Comey even blamed cell phone footage of policing.

Several recent studies have debunked this theory, though. And as Noah points out, an American Psychological Association study released last month found that crime rates have actually decreased in the past two decades. "But these are just facts," he joked. "They don't count."

"It doesn't matter what the facts are," he added. "It only matters what the police feel."

The Ferguson effect, according to Noah, boils down to "officers feeling like they're being blamed for what others are doing." But the fear of being videotaped shouldn't make cops question whether they want to do their job, he said.

"The police are unable to do their jobs because they're afraid of being caught doing their jobs badly," Noah joked.

Watch the video above.

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