The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe
a book by Heather Mac Donald
(our site's book review)
The Amazon blurb says that 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 Ferguson effect: officers have been backing off of proactive policing, and criminals are becoming emboldened; it's simple folks: if you want cops to support you, you must also support them!
The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe 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.
Police believe ALL lives matter—if blacks support (rather than insult and shoot at) their cops, their cops will demonstrate that they believe that 'black lives matter'
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.
Heather Mac Donald is—and deserves to be—a national bestselling author. She authored The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe, is the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and a contributing editor of City Journal. A former aspiring academic with roots in deconstruction and postmodernism, she has been the target of violent student protest for her work on policing. She holds a B.A. from Yale and an M.A. from Cambridge in English, and a J.D. from Stanford. Her writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Republic, and Partisan Review, among other publications. She lives in New York.
“This is a book that can save lives.”—Thomas Sowell
“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
Heather Mac Donald helped the transformation of New York into the safest large city in the United States—what a wonderful change since 9/11!
“The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe 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: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe. 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: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe 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 poor—and often minority—citizens trapped in ghettos where violence and crime are unfortunately making a comeback.”—Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
Mac Donald understands that assertive policing protects law-abiding poor—and often minority—citizens trapped in ghettos where violence and crime are unfortunately making a comeback
'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.”—Shelby Steele
“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.”—David Brooks
An officer’s chance of getting killed by a black assailant is 18.5 times higher than the chance of an unarmed black person getting killed by a cop.” When police officers in tense and unknown circumstances hesitate to act, they die
Notice that violent student protests is the response she gets for Pulitzer Prize-level, factually accurate, well-researched, well-documented work on the violence between cops and blacks. The protests were not because anyone disagreed with her proven facts. Facts are facts and truth is truth. The protests were because her work on policing and the resultant book did not sing the party tune and toe the party line in which it is alleged that there's lots of white-on-black violence (there isn't) and lots of blacks killed by white cops (there isn't—black citizens are mostly responsible for killings of blacks). Mac Donald contends, “an officer’s chance of getting killed by a black assailant is 18.5 times higher than the chance of an unarmed black person getting killed by a cop.” When police officers in tense and unknown circumstances hesitate to act, they die. Killings of law enforcement officers are up a staggering 70% over the prior year and ambush killings of cops are up nearly 400%. Cops are refusing to enter black neighborhoods and crime is rising until people are moving to other areas of the country. Mac Donald warns that raced-based attacks on the criminal-justice system, from the White House on down, are eroding the authority of law and putting lives at risk.
BLM protesters don't seem interested in justice, but rather violent vengeance against our law enforcement officers for perceived offences most of which are fictional (Ferguson); they pretend to be activists but talk more like terrorists
". . . rates of violent crime are creeping upwards in many of our largest cities after a decades-long decrease. . . . A new Rasmussen poll indicates that 60% of likely voters think race relations have gotten worse since Barack Obama became president, up from 42% in late 2014, and African Americans are far more likely to believe that they are treated unfairly by the police than whites. . . . The public should be, but too often is not, horrified by spectacles such as Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists in St. Paul, Minnesota marching in the streets yelling, 'Pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon'; or BLM protestors in New York City chanting, 'What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!' . . . [Mac Donald] argues that the increasing hostility toward—and murder of—police officers has led to a 'Ferguson Effect' in which police officers in some communities are standing down by cutting back on proactive policing particularly in high crime areas out of fear for their safety or of being falsely accused of racism, which is, in turn, leading to more crime." (Source: Book Review: The War on Cops, John Malcolm, Heritage)
The trouble with ugly inflammatory rhetoric like 'Pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon' is that people have only negative reactions to insults, never positive, and it creates cops unwilling to enter racially charged areas to keep the peace
"Conservatives have some worthwhile ideas to offer in this debate, but Mac Donald's polemics add heat, not light."—Newsweek This review of Mac Donald's The War on Cops is a good example of a review that adds heat, not light. It is a liberal "soldier"-journalist toeing the party line in all the expectable ways. The media's PC narrative is so focused on whites and cops as victimizers and blacks as victims that had the reviewer highlighted the critical importance of Mac Donald's book's points, the author—Tim Lynch—would likely have been shunned as a turncoat and not welcomed again to Newsweek's Opinion pages. And the same is true of anyone who goes offscript, transcending the media's sad little PC narrative with well thought out articles that exude sense, insight, and wisdom, not mere PC loyalty. Anti-cop articles abound in this PC magazine. As it gets more extreme, it spreads extremist PC views across the nation yet pretends to be balanced, pretending—like most liberal magazines—there is no such thing as the media's PC narrative. However, sometimes they let something scholarly through their PC filters even if it fails to kiss the hand of the PC God—see the next paragraph.
Sometimes the NY Times and a few other liberal periodicals let something scholarly through their PC filters even if it fails to kiss the hand of the PC God
"Mac Donald, the Thomas W. Smith fellow at the Manhattan Institute, delivers a broadside against those who view the cops, rather than black criminality and violence, as the problem. . . . there is a 'false narrative' of racial discrimination in policing. In truth, she asserts, blacks commit far more crime, and policing simply follows the crime. . . . Take stop-and-frisk in New York. Those who challenged it proved that members of minorities were stopped with a frequency far in excess of their percentage of the city’s population [and a few officers act inappropriately during stop-and-frisks]. The Police Department responded that if you compared the frequency of stops with the rates at which minorities were reported to have committed crimes, they actually were not stopping people of color often enough. . . . When the people are collaborating with the police on policy and practice, when there is joint ownership of what the police do, then — and very likely only then — will the debates about the legitimacy of policing evaporate." (Source: The Problem With Modern Policing, as Seen From the Right and From the Left, Barry Friedman, NY Times)
If you compared the frequency of stop-and-frisk in New York with the rates at which minorities were reported to have committed crimes, they actually were not stopping people of color often enough
The above Barry Friedman review is remarkably lacking in PC nonsense for an article from PC Central: the generally liberal and PC NY Times. Its author, Barry Friedman, is the Jacob D. Fuchsberg professor of law and director of the Policing Project at the New York University School of Law.
"In The War on Cops, Heather Mac Donald provides overwhelming and compelling data to discount the misguided, misplaced and too often malice-based attacks on the law enforcement profession taking place in our country every day. The proven and effective tactic of focusing police efforts on analytically identified high crime areas has improved the quality of life for countless honest, law-abiding citizens living in challenged neighborhoods throughout this country. More importantly, proactive and targeted enforcement have saved countless lives, many of whom are from urban areas and minority communities. . . . These same communities have seen the positive impact that purposed policing can offer. They have also seen the damage from false messaging and rhetoric. The assault on law enforcement has brought with it a reduced quality of life for those who desperately deserve a chance, and increased crime and unacceptable homicide rates to these same communities. The degradation of these communities is a direct byproduct of the war on cops. . . . The attacks on law enforcement, attacks based on false information or outright lies crafted to discredit an entire profession, are undeserved." (Source: BOOK REVIEW: 'The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe', Jeffrey R. Gahler, Washington Times)
Mac Donald's previous works include The Burden of Bad Ideas (2001), a collection of Mac Donald’s City Journal essays, details the effects of the 1960s counterculture’s destructive march through America’s institutions. In The Immigration Solution: A Better Plan than Today’s (2007), coauthored with Victor Davis Hanson and Steven Malanga, she chronicles the effects of broken immigration laws and proposes a practical solution to securing the country’s porous borders. In Are Cops Racist? (2010), another City Journal anthology, Mac Donald investigates the workings of the police, the controversy over so-called racial profiling, and the anti-profiling lobby’s harmful effects on black Americans.
Mac Donald chronicles the effects of broken immigration laws and proposes a practical solution to securing the country’s porous borders in The Immigration Solution: A Better Plan than Today’s
A nonpracticing lawyer, Mac Donald clerked for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and was an attorney-advisor in the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a volunteer with the Natural Resources Defense Council. She has testified before numerous U.S. House and Senate Committees. In 1998, Mac Donald was appointed to Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s task force on the City University of New York. In 2004, she received the Civilian Valor Award from the New Jersey State Law Enforcement Officers. In 2008, Mac Donald received the Integrity in Journalism Award from the New York State Shields, as well as the Eugene Katz Award for Excellence in the Coverage of Immigration from the Center for Immigration Studies. In 2012, she received the Quill & Badge Award for Excellence in Communication from the International Union of Police Associations.
A frequent guest on Fox News, CNN, and other TV and radio programs, Mac Donald holds a B.A. in English from Yale University, graduating with a Mellon Fellowship to Cambridge University, where she earned an M.A. in English and studied in Italy through a Clare College study grant. She holds a J.D. from Stanford University Law School.
Obama, Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton, instead of acting responsibly about Ferguson and getting the real facts and simmering upset blacks down, stoked the flames like the racists they are and before you knew it Ferguson and lots of other cities were rioting
Why have all these anti-cop narratives happened? The Ferguson tragedy is one in which the media listened to only one witness—the only one who said the cop had acted wrongly (all the others disagreed because the witness was a liar). It fit the liberal narrative of whites are evil victimizers and blacks are innocent victims. Once the media spread the Big Lie everywhere, it became truth and the real truth didn't matter. Then Obama, Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton, instead of acting responsibly and getting the real facts and simmering upset blacks down, stoked the flames and before you knew it Ferguson and lots of other cities were rioting and ball players were raising their arms in pretend surrender or taking a knee to protest "all the whites killing blacks"—except it was all a lie.
The riots were all based on a lie. So were the media stories. So was the foolish fire-stoking rhetoric coming out of the mouths of racist people who should have known better, like Obama, Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton. At a time when the country desperately needed calming influences, our leaders failed us, causing much needless suffering and death and loss. Heather Mac Donald tells the ACTUAL TRUTH and the politically correct social justice warriors engineered violent student protests. In the PC world, truth and facts are meaningless. Toeing the liberal line is everything and if you don't do it, we'll make you pay. Folks, liberalism is sick. The hold that the liberals have on Science, Journalism, and Hollywood is not to be challenged! Do these fools understand nothing about democracy and fairness and the Constitution and the First Amendment? Instead of PC indoctrination, their schooling needs to focus on the institutions and concepts of a democratic republic: USA.
If we accept the PC conventional "wisdom" of cops as racist, victimizing rats, who will we call in emergencies, the Mod Squad? The A Team? Dial-a-Prayer?
Will our biggest cities end up as maximum-security prisons due to anti-cop violence?
The plot for the movie Escape From New York, a 1981 American post-apocalyptic science-fiction action film, is relevant. Plot: In 1988, following a 400% increase in crime, the United States government has turned Manhattan into a giant maximum-security prison. A 50-foot (15 m) containment wall surrounds the island, and routes out of Manhattan have been dismantled or mined, while armed helicopters patrol the rivers, and all prisoners there are sentenced to life, with no means of leaving. In 1997, the President of the U.S. accidentally ends up there and the movie revolves around rescuing him.
The liberal narrative of 2018 is cop hating, whites hating, blacks loving and political correctness obsessed to such a degree that there is a crime epidemic as a result—that is a fact. Terrified citizens are leaving big cities in droves and the end result—if the situation isn't remedied soon—will be Chicago, New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio and San Diego as walled off maximum-security prisons, since no cop will dare enter, so the cities will be "self-policing." This helps the gang problem but screws the citizens that hadn't "escaped" yet since the gangs will rule each "kingdom."
As Alex Henderson of Salon tells it, without action, the U.S. can look forward to a grim future as a banana republic
Before you doubt this analysis, draw a graph about rapidly accelerating polarization, divisiveness, politicization, cops hating, whites hating, blacks loving and political correctness obsession between 2000 and 2050. The statistics show that from 2000 to 2018 if the current situation is not aided quick, its rapid deterioration will accelerate until there are banana republics instead of cities.
The "liberal whites are victimizers and blacks are victims" narrative that lives at the heart of everything politically correct has reached hysterical levels for many liberal activists in academia, journalism, and Hollywood. This is indirectly killing the country as well as many of its people. The graphs will tell the sad story. Heather Mac Donald is trying to get our attention—these problems are exploding NOW. As Alex Henderson of Salon tells it, without action, the U.S. can look forward to a grim future as a banana republic. "The U.S. now has the highest income inequality and lowest upward mobility of any country in the developed world. They found that while the picture grows increasingly bleak for American’s embattled middle-class, 'the share of total annual income received by the top 1% has more than doubled from 9% in 1976 to 20% in 2011.' And earlier this year, a report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD also found that the U.S. now leads the developed industrialized world in income inequality." These are the characteristics of banana republics.
The ladder of class mobility has been rigged so nonrich can never become rich. See Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power
A report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD also found that the U.S. now leads the developed industrialized world in income inequality