CHICAGO, IL -- They're paid to protect and serve, but this day in age that's easier said than done.
With police departments across the country under more scrutiny than ever, many think officers are beginning to change the way they police.
And it's all due to something being called the "Ferguson effect". It's basically where law enforcement officers are becoming timid and shying away from pro-active policing - causing an increase in violent crime.
The phrase is now being pushed into the national spotlight after a police officer in Chicago was nearly beaten to death - after she attempted to arrest 28-year-old Parta Huff.
Shortly after the incident, police superintendent Eddie Johnson noted that the officer didn't shoot Huff because she was afraid of the scrutiny that would follow.
"As I was at the hospital last night I was visiting with her, she looked at me and said she thought she was gonna die and she knew she should shoot this guy but she chose not to because she didn't want her family or the department to go through the scrutiny the next day on national news," said Johnson.
So - is the country becoming more violent? Are police afraid to do their job? Is the Ferguson effect real? It's something the Department of Justice announced it is looking into. Maybe the rest of the country should do the same.