War on Cops Calls for More
Report by Betty Sakai
Introduced by Vice President of Programs Erika Ammirati, Heather Mac Donald, attorney, investigative reporter and writer discussed the role of policing in America. Confronted by ignorance and verbal abuse on college campuses and denied a speaking engagement at Google, Heather Mac Donald adamantly asserted that there is no government agency more dedicated to the proposition that black lives matter than the police. Today there is a well-spring of support in inner city neighborhoods for the police.
In a City Journal Anthology entitled Are Cops Racist? (2010) Mac Donald investigated the workings of the police, the controversy over so-called racial profiling, and the anti-profiling lobby’s harmful effects on black Americans. In her newest book, The War On Cops (2016), she warned that race-based attacks on the criminal justice system, from the White House down, are eroding the authority of law and putting lives at risk. In 2015 in the largest 50 cities, homicides jumped nearly 17% -- the largest one-year increase since 1993. She described the reason for this as “the Ferguson effect” referring to Ferguson, Missouri where Michael Brown was shot. Since then, officers nationally have been backing away from doing things that reduce crime. Because of the “the Ferguson effect”, police are not being proactive and this has emboldened criminals even as many residents in high crime neighborhoods want proactive policing. Departments are on the defense because of the race issue. Racial bias training creates volumes of completely ridiculous paperwork, she exclaimed. Interesting is the fact that Asian families pose the least danger to the community and police and are most interesting to study.
The fact is, law and order is breaking down in the inner cities because of the race issue. There is so much hatred. Questioning why this is happening, Heather Mac Donald talked about statistical facts. Nationally, officers come in contact with civilians about 385 million times a year. In 2014 the police made 11 million arrests. In 2015 nationally the police fatally shot 991 people: 50% of whom were white, and 26% black – the vast majority dangerous. Twenty-seven (27) times a day in 2/3 of the nation’s police jurisdictions police are faced with deadly weapon assaults against them. For every ten (10) deadly weapon assaults, the police fatally shoot one (1).
Barack Obama as President exaggerated and promoted a phony narrative. Obama’s fake narrative about police racism has taken over the national discourse. Virtually all of what the public is hearing is wrong. Last year, the head of the Congressional Caucus got up and said, “As we all know, the vast majority of those shot fatally by police have been black.” But facts do not support this as 51% were white and 23% were black.
Blacks commit more homicides than other group, largely against other blacks. Police are confronted more today than before. When cops get out of their car to conduct a routine pedestrian stop on a known drug corner at 1:00 a.m., they find themselves routinely surrounded by a hostile jeering crowd cursing and sometimes throwing things at them. America is at risk of losing civil peace. Heather Mac Donald has a background of understanding a wide range of topics, including higher education, immigration, policing, homelessness and homeless advocacy, criminal justice reform, and race relations. Reporting on “the Ferguson effect’ and the criminal justice system, she has deconstructed the central narrative of the Black Lives Matter movement that racist cops are the greatest threat to young black males. For the vast majority of police, race has no bearing on police work. The entire Black Lives Matter movement is a complete fraud.
The media has failed to report the truth about why violence is occurring in black neighborhoods. Criminals and gangbangers – not the police -- are responsible for the high black homicide death rate. The breakdown of the black family and lack of social controls result in street crimes and drive-by shootings. The fact is 76% to 85% of black children are born out of wedlock. Blacks are arrested for criminal activities at twice the rate as whites. Even though blacks are only 13% of the population nationally, in New York City in 2015 the homicides committed were 75% by blacks, 23% by Hispanics, and 1% to 2% by others and whites. The media ignores these facts and thinks of itself as a social justice warrior wedded to an anti-cop narrative. Reports by the media are simply not correct.
Facts from Mac Donald’s research in The War On Cops exposes the truth about use of force and the lie of “mass incarceration” of blacks. Crime, not race, drives police actions and prison rates. In the 1990s America experienced growth in proactive policing along with lengthened sentences for violent crime, and this proactive policing saved thousands of minority lives. Heather Mac Donald argued that no government agency is more dedicated to the proposition that black lives matter than today’s data-driven police departments.
As noted by Erika Ammirati, Heather Mac Donald is a researcher and knows what she’s talking about. She is a Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a contributing editor at City Journal, and a recipient of the 2005 Bradley Prize, a frequent guest on Fox News, CNN, and other TV and radio programs. She holds a B.A. in English from Yale University, graduated with a Mellon Fellowship to Cambridge University where she earned an M.A. in English, and studied in Italy through a Clare College study grant. She earned her J.D. from Sanford University Law School and clerked for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt, U.S. Court of appeals for the Ninth District. She was an attorney-advisor in the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. environmental Protection Agency and a volunteer with the Natural Resources Defense Council. She has testified before numerous U.S. House and Senate Committees. In 1998, Mac Donald was appointed to Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s task force on the City University of New York. In 2004, she received the Civilian Valor Award from the New Jersey State Law Enforcement Officers. In 2008, Mac Donald received the Integrity of Journalism Award from the New York State Shields, and received the Eugene Katz Award for Excellence in Coverage of Immigration from the Center for Immigration Studies. Her writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the New Republic, and The New Criterion. Books include The Burden of Bad Ideas (2001), and The Immigration Solution: A Better Plan Than Today’s, co-authored by Victor Davis Hanson and Steven Malanga (2007) in which she chronicles the effect of broken immigration laws and proposes a practical solution to securing the country’s porous borders.
Heather Mac Donald called for a more honest debate about policing, crime, and race. The Conservative Forum thanked her excellent presentation with standing applause.
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