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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.

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  • Ken
  • 13-07-2020

Eye opening.

Well worth a listen before you head off to loot a shop in the name of black lives matter.

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  • 31-01-2017

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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  • stevenk1155
  • 24-04-2017

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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  • VC
  • 15-04-2018

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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  • Marcia
  • 09-07-2020

Great Replacement for White Fragility

This should be required reading in all schools. Its based on facts and the correct interpretation of those facts. Finally, the truth.

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  • Rhiannon
  • 11-06-2020

Prophetic!

This is so important as especially so in June 2020. Wow. Everyone supporting the ridiculous"defund the police" movement should read this book.

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  • SC Short
  • 06-08-2019

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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  • Valen
  • 18-06-2019

Good information to have

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

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  • Darren Sapp
  • 20-08-2020

Facts and Statistics

4.5 stars. Mac Donald's work here eviscerates the myths and notions fed to the masses by a biased press. With things such as facts, math, and statistics, she shows how all of us could be much safer. The last bit drags just a bit and some of that material might have worked better in a footnote.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-08-2020

The truth no one wants to talk about

Heather MacDonald does a great job illustrating some underlying issues involving law enforcement and the prison system that is still relevant today.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-06-2020

Needed more than ever

This book gives you the facts. and the facts that main stream media and liberal elites try to hide

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  • Mark S. Murphy
  • 10-08-2020

The truth, minus the hysteria

Plenty of cold, hard truths to counter the emotional hysteria and lies that are currently being peddled via social media and the media in general. A must-read for anyone interested the realities of police brutality in the United States.

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  • Edward Jennings
  • 30-10-2020

Fascinating

Once again I am awed by HM's grasp of the facts and the underlying issues and politics. Her fearless examination of this taboo issue should be applauded

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