The War on Cops by Heather Mac Donald
How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews

I would hope that so many of those leading the war on cops would take the time to take an honest look at the work, the facts and the data, compiled by Heather Mac Donald in “The War on Cops” and rethink their unfair condemnation of our men and women in blue.
-Washington Times

Synopsis

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.
 

About Heather Mac Donald

See more books from this Author
Alan Peters is a professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Iowa. Heather MacDonald is an associate professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Iowa, where she has served as chair of the planning program. They both live in Iowa City, Iowa.
 
Published June 21, 2016 by Encounter Books. 248 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Crime, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
Bestseller Status:
icon17
Peak Rank on Aug 21 2016
icon2
Weeks as Bestseller
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for The War on Cops
All: 3 | Positive: 2 | Negative: 1

Washington Times

Good
Reviewed by Jeffrey R. Gahler on May 25 2016

I would hope that so many of those leading the war on cops would take the time to take an honest look at the work, the facts and the data, compiled by Heather Mac Donald in “The War on Cops” and rethink their unfair condemnation of our men and women in blue.

Read Full Review of The War on Cops: How the New ... | See more reviews from Washington Times

The New American

Good
Reviewed by C. Mitchell Shaw on Sep 07 2016

Many readers may worry that Mac Donald advocates for a heavy-handed policing of America’s cities...If there are elements of that mind-set in The War on Cops, they are subtle and do not detract from her convincing arguments that proactive policing works, and stopping proactive programs helps one group: criminals.

Read Full Review of The War on Cops: How the New ...

Reason Magazine

Below average
Reviewed by Tim Lynch on Jul 16 2016

...she debunks the liberal notion that black crime is no higher than white crime...True enough, but that does not support her much more sweeping claim that there's no differential treatment by cops of blacks vs. whites...Conservatives have some worthwhile ideas to offer in this debate, but Mac Donald's polemics add heat, not light.

Read Full Review of The War on Cops: How the New ...

Reader Rating for The War on Cops
89%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 159 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×