The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe

The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe

Since the summer of 2014, America has been convulsed with a protest movement known as Black Lives Matter. That movement holds that police officers are among the greatest threats—if not the greatest threat--facing young black males today. Policing and the rest of the criminal justice system—from prosecutors to drug laws—single out minority communities for gratuitous and heavy-handed enforcement, the charge goes, resulting in an epidemic of “mass incarceration” that falls most heavily on blacks.

This book challenges that narrative. Through vivid, street-level reporting, it gives voice to the many residents of high-crime neighborhoods, rarely heard in the media, who support proactive policing and want more of it. The book will argue that there is no government agency more dedicated to the proposition that Black Lives Matter than today’s data-driven, accountable police department. In New York City alone, over ten thousand minority males are alive who would have been killed had the New York Police Department not brought homicide in the city down 80% from its early 1990’s level. The intelligence-led policing revolution that began in New York and spread nationally has transformed urban neighborhoods, freeing their residents from the thrall of daily fear.

Other topics include such contested tactics as stop, question, and frisk and “broken windows” policing. The book will refute the argument that racist drug statutes and enforcement lie behind the black incarceration rate. It will take the reader inside prisons and jails. And it will argue that proactive policing has been the greatest public policy success story of the last quarter century, resulting in a record-breaking national crime drop that no criminologist or even police chief foresaw.

That crime drop is now at risk, however, thanks to the nonstop agitation against the police led by the Black Lives Matter movement. The book is a call for a more honest and informed debate about policing, crime, and race, before the public safety gains of the last twenty years are lost.

Title:The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781594038754
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  • Jeanette

    It's brave for her to state what she does without pages and pages of source material. A good index is given, but truthfully it would take a phone book to begin to list stats in the methods that would ...

  • Negin

    “There are only two races: the decent and the indecent.” – Viktor Frankl"A society that makes war against its police had better learn to make friends with its criminals."This book was an eye-ope...

  • Marleene

    I gave it a one star as despite the many reviews extolling the solid research the author put in, there is not one citation backing up her statistics or claims. This is deplorable in a book that tackle...

  • Twobchelm

    I truly don’t know who would have the passion to want a career in law enforcement these days. While continuing to lower the bar for criminals and handcuffing the police more and more as the crime ra...

  • Gail Welborn

    ****...a work of fact vs. fiction everyone must read!****Heather Mac Donald, award-winning journalist, non-practicing attorney and political commentator, uses statistics, fascinating personal stories...

  • Sophie

    The observation which left the greatest impression on me was this: We accept that men perpetrate violent crime at an astronomically higher rate than women, and we do not consider the criminal justice ...

  • Robyn

    Funny how the view of officer-involved issues is always at the officer... nobody asks why the officer was there or what did the person did, the finger swings to the officer immediately. I was 5'2" and...

  • Raquel Bennett

    Not one primary source, real citation or fact in the book! This is an opinion piece that will satisfy all who blindly support the police and/or who lack critical reading and comprehensive skills. Howe...

  • Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea

    To begin with, this book has several troubling technical aspects, not to even get into the content. 1) No bibliography to tell me what she read or where she got her information from. 2) No end notes. ...

  • Dav

    .The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less SafeBy Heather Mac Donald,published 2016, about 250 pages. Synopsis:Violent crime has been rising sharply in many American cit...