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The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law…

The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less… (edition 2017)

by Heather Mac Donald (Author)

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Title:The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe
Authors:Heather Mac Donald (Author)
Info:Encounter Books (2017), Edition: Reprint, 248 pages
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The author makes some compelling arguments about the need for more proactive policing, especially in high crime areas, such as inner cities. She discusses how law-abiding citizens in these areas actually desire more aggressive police involvement because the result is that crime decreases, they feel safer in their neighborhoods so they can leave their homes to do what they need to without fear, and more businesses become attracted to those areas because they do not need to worry about the safety of the employees or patrons. The author looks at statistics quoted to support the position that such proactive policing is racially biased, but she interprets these statistics with different results, something that reflects how statistics can be interpreted in numerous ways. I found her book to be a thoughtful look at some difficult issues that need to be addressed more successfully than what we are now doing. ( )
  Susan.Macura | Oct 23, 2016 |
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It has been call 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. Mac Donald deconstructs the central narrative of the Black Lives Matter movement: that racist cops are the greatest threat to young black males. She argues that it is criminals and gangbangers who are responsible for the high black homicide death rate; and that no government agency is more dedicated to the proposition that "black lives matter" than today's data-driven, accountable police department.… (more)

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