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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 reporting on the Ferguson effect. It deconstructs the central narrative of the Black Lives Matter movement: that racist cops are the greatest threat to young black males.

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.

©2016 Heather Mac Donald (P)2016 Tantor

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LISTEN TO THIS BOOK!!!

Using pertinent data and sound argumentation, Heather MacDonald has delivered an urgent, reality-based message on a topic that is often presented in misleading, manipulative ways. It deserves a broad hearing, and the author's recommendations should be carefully and seriously considered... by journalists, politicians, and citizens who want to be well informed before deciding how to act (and vote!) responsibly.

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Great book if you want the truth!

All the facts you need to understand the problems we face and all the lies the main stream news continue to spew. I highly recommend this book!

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Extremely important to information and knowledge!

Thank you Heather Macdonald for a Wonderful book! Well worth reading for all concerned citizens.

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What The News Should Report

An incredibly well researched book which explores all aspects of events. True journalism that the media should take notes on. Provides factual accounts of police shootings, explores causes, provides ideas on how to correct issues, and depicts the consequences of limiting police.

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Eye Opening!

Great book! A lot of very well researched facts give the reader a better understanding of the criminal justice system.

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Absolutely true

She does a great job explaining the lies and truths in the American justice system and politics.

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Wow...great read if you want to know the truth

The information in this book is outstanding! It is a must read for anyone who wants to know the truth about race and law enforcement. Thank you for sharing!!!

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Informative!

All underinformed citizens that get their info from the alphabet soup (cnn,abc,nbc,etc..) should listen to this!!

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Factual

Where does the Left get their distorted statistics about race relating to crime and imprisonment? Heather Mac Donald answers that question clearly and thoroughly in her book, The War on Cops. However, though complete with facts and figures to bring to light the truth about the work of law enforcement, the book tells a story that is captivating to read or hear read.

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This book bursts the myth of the "racially-biased" justice system

The layout of this book is great. It starts with some background on the recent race riots in cities like Ferguson and Baltimore and shows how the lies behind them led to a renewed attack on police methods by community organizers like Al Sharpton and Barack Obama. It then covers efforts by groups like the ACLU to dictate policy to law enforcement and the courts and how those efforts have served to undermine effective crime fighting strategies. The author concludes by destroying the fairy tale of the racist criminal justice system that was a central theme to Democratic presidential candidates' platforms in 2016. This book is filled with facts and statistics and is free of the racially charged language that is too often used by the left to demonize police officers and those who support them.