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The War on Cops

Heather Mac Donald / Encounter Books / 2016-04-19 /
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...