The War on Cops

The War on Cops

How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe

Book - 2016
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Violent crime has been rising sharply in many American cities after two decades of decline. Homicides jumped nearly 17 percent in 2015 in the largest 50 cities, the biggest one-year increase since 1993. The reason is what Heather Mac Donald first identified nationally as the "Ferguson effect": Since the 2014 police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, officers have been backing off of proactive policing, and criminals are becoming emboldened.

This book expands on Mac Donald's groundbreaking and controversial reporting on the Ferguson effect and the criminal-justice system. It deconstructs the central narrative of the Black Lives Matter movement: that racist cops are the greatest threat to young black males. On the contrary, it is criminals and gangbangers who are responsible for the high black homicide death rate.

The War on Cops exposes the truth about officer use of force and explodes the conceit of "mass incarceration." A rigorous analysis of data shows that crime, not race, drives police actions and prison rates. The growth of proactive policing in the 1990s, along with lengthened sentences for violent crime, saved thousands of minority lives. In fact, Mac Donald argues, no government agency is more dedicated to the proposition that "black lives matter" than today's data-driven, accountable police department.

Mac Donald gives voice to the many residents of high-crime neighborhoods who want proactive policing. She warns that race-based attacks on the criminal-justice system, from the White House on down, are eroding the authority of law and putting lives at risk. This book is a call for a more honest and informed debate about policing, crime, and race.
Publisher: New York : Encounter Books, 2016
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9781594038754
1594038759
Characteristics: iv, 242 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number: 363.20973 MAC

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Shellie1_us
Aug 22, 2017

Factual book on the war on cops and the war in CA over felons being released upon the public. The prison system in CA spends more on mental health than any other state or the federal prisons. Yet, still the three federal judges refuse to release the state from the expense of over 48 million at the time of the book for a special advisor to over see the CA prison systems mental health system.

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johnbacich
Aug 16, 2017

People who don't believe there is a war on cops also believe that George Bush masterminded 9/11. The treatment of cops by the media is beyond abhorrent and inexplicable. When epidemic violence, murder and crime is going on in our cities, the media combs through the news each day to find negative stories about police. Shameful. Scary. Traitorous. Read this book and wonder what malicious and evil intent is behind this relentless campaign.

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eddep
May 26, 2017

The premise of this book is foolish: there is NO war on cops!!! Police have used very heavy-handed tactics in cities around the world, and citizens are finally taking it upon themselves to demand more honest, professional, thoughtful and controlled interventions by the police.

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MichelleinBallard
May 25, 2017

Mac Donald is addressing an important issue and she has the better part of truth on her side. However, her sources in the book are poorly documented and the book could be better organized. Moreover, her case is not well-served by her polemical edge. Those who are attempting to refute received wisdom are seldom well-served by a polemical approach.

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May 18, 2017

Esohvee thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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