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The War on Cops

How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe
Narrated by: Pam Ward
Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
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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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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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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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Predictions Coming True

Great book. Interesting what MS. McDonald suggested in 2015-16, we would see in 2019. This book will be in my cart to hear again.

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  • 06-18-19

Good information to have

Gives a insightful, if not cringe worthy insight on the challenges law enforcement face daily.

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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

a book that definitely raises the question...do we have a problem with cops or with crime itself

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A MUST listen for all

Author makes a compelling argument about the current state of law enforcement. She expertly defended her arguement with facts and not opinion.

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great book about crime

I enjoyed the book. there's lots of interesting information about crime in here. be careful though, this book might make you a Republican lol

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Police respond to Crime NOT color

Well worth reading if you're interested in hearing and learning about facts NOT fiction highly recommend this audio 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.