The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe

  • 9h 21m 50s
  • Heather Mac Donald
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2016

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.

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1 - Obama's Ferguson Sellout
  • Chapter 2 - Ferguson's Unasked Questions
  • Chapter 3 - Finding Meaning in Ferguson
  • Chapter 4 - Justice is Blind
  • Chapter 5 - De-Policing New York
  • Chapter 6 - The Big Lie of the Anti-Cop Left Turns Lethal
  • Chapter 7 - Baltimore in Flames
  • Chapter 8 - The Riot Show!
  • Chapter 9 - The New Nationwide Crime Wave
  • Chapter 10 - Explaining Away the New Crime Wave
  • Chapter 11 - America's Legal Order Begins to Fray
  • Chapter 12 - The Ferguson Effect is Real
  • Chapter 13 - Black and Unarmed: Behind the Numbers
  • Chapter 14 - Targeting the Police
  • Chapter 15 - Courts v. Cops
  • Chapter 16 - The Great Stop-and-Frisk Fraud
  • Chapter 17 - Chicago's Real Crime Story
  • Chapter 18 - Running with the Predators
  • Chapter 19 - Is the Criminal-Justice System Racist?
  • Chapter 20 - The Jail Inferno
  • Chapter 21 - California's Prison-Litigation Nightmare
  • Chapter 22 - The Decriminalization Delusion