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The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe Hardcover – June 21, 2016
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This is a book that can save lives.”
Heather Mac Donald is an unsung hero in the transformation of New York into the safest large city in the United States. Her essays helped to lay out the rationale that gave me and my police commissioners guidance during the largest continuous reduction in crime ever accomplished in our city and nation. This book is a necessary read for anyone wondering what is happening in the capital of the world.’”
The Honorable Rudolph Giuliani, former mayor of New York City
The War on Cops is an important and timely book. Mac Donald’s clear-eyed analysis separates fact from fiction and provides keen insights into the politics at play and the consequences for law-enforcement officers and the communities they are sworn to protect.”
Ray Kelly, former commissioner of the New York City Police Department
If you have heard the rhetoric on all sides of the issues involving the police, and would like some facts to put that rhetoric to the test, there is no better source than The War on Cops. Whether you want facts about the explosive events in Ferguson, Missouri, or in Baltimore, or you want to know why murder rates in New York City fell sharply in the 1990s, this is the place to find solid information. If you want to understand the role of race in all this, that, too, is documented with data. This is a book that can save lives.”
Thomas Sowell, the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Heather Mac Donald has made an indispensable contribution to our public debates with her incisive and critical reporting on the thorny issues of race, crime, and policing in America’s big cities. Time and again, I have found myself turning to her writings for guidance. While I do not always agree with what I find, I often do. Moreover, I am invariably edified. All serious students of urban America today should read this book and reckon with its arguments.”
Glenn C. Loury, the Merton P. Stolz Professor of the Social Sciences, Brown University
The War on Cops offers a perspective that supporters of law enforcement have long been waiting for. It is informed by street-level reporting, knowledge of real-world policing, and empirical research. Unlike many in academia and journalism, Mac Donald understands that assertive policing protects law-abiding poorand often minoritycitizens trapped in ghettos where violence and crime are unfortunately making a comeback.”
Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
PRAISE FOR HEATHER MAC DONALD
'No journalist now writing about urban problems has produced a body of work matching that of Heather Mac Donald.'
George F. Will
The best and most intrepid journalist writing on racial issues today.”
If there were any justice in the world, Mac Donald would be knee-deep in Pulitzer Prizes and National Magazine Awards for her pioneering work.”
About the Author
A non-practicing lawyer, Mac Donald has clerked for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, has been an attorney-adviser in the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a volunteer with the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York City.
The New Jersey State Law Enforcement Officers Association conferred its Civilian Valor Award on her in 2004. She was awarded the 2008 Integrity in Journalism award from the New York State Shields. She was also the recipient of the 2008 Eugene Katz Award for Excellence in the Coverage of Immigration from the Center for Immigration Studies and the 2012 Quill & Badge Award for Excellence in Communication from the International Union of Police Associations.
Her writings have also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, The New Republic, Partisan Review, The New Criterion, Public Interest, and Academic Questions.
Mac Donald received her B.A. in English from Yale University, graduating with a Mellon Fellowship to Cambridge University, where she earned her M.A. in English and studied in Italy through a Clare College study grant. Her J.D. is from Stanford University Law School.
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Black lives only seem to matter when it's a cop, preferably a white one, that does the killing. Despite the relative rarity of such occurrences, these shootings, which often occur under highly disputed circumstances, reliably become front page news. The thousands of other deaths, including slain children, are simply business as usual. The implicit message, of course, is that not only are whites held to a higher standard of conduct than blacks, but in the year 2017, the task of fixing the dysfunction in black communities across America primarily rests on the shoulders of whites. In this worldview any semblance of moral agency among blacks has apparently been forfeited and withdrawn. But the ugliest truth about BLM is that after years and years of declining crime rates, they are spiking again in many cities because police departments are beginning to disengage due to fears of being labeled as racist or even fears of starting yet another riot. MacDonald labels this phenomenon "The Ferguson Effect" and its effects are quite simple: less police engagement equals more crime. In true Orwellian fashion, Black Lives Matter is achieving the opposite of its stated mission.
This is a tragic irony because for most of America's history, black neighborhoods were under-policed and far less safe than white neighborhoods, and white racism (or at least white indifference) was one of the major causes. Fast forward to 2017 -- decades after the great civilizing achievements of the civil rights movement -- and you will find legions of delusional BLM activists essentially advocating for the very same thing. And now they are getting it. And now we are getting it. And most importantly, innocent black people who might have otherwise been protected by the police are getting it.
I hope that anyone skeptical of the author's thesis read this book with an open mind. The data is convincing, and while certain sections of the book might be a little longwinded, I could not detect any serious issues with MacDonald's overall thesis. As a black man, I am expressing an extremely unpopular opinion, but if saving black lives is our primary purpose, then the ideas expressed in this book are certainly worth entertaining.