Are Cops Racist? by Heather MacDonald

By Heather MacDonald

Fake fees of racial profiling threaten to obliterate the crime-fighting profits of the decade, specifically in America's internal towns. this can be the message of Heather Mac Donald's new e-book, during which she brings her designated model of tricky and sincere journalism to the present battle opposed to the police. The anti-profiling campaign, she fees, flourishes on an lack of awareness of policing and a willful blindness to the demographics of crime. In cautious experiences from long island and different significant towns around the kingdom, Ms. Mac Donald investigates the workings of the police, the talk over racial profiling, and the anti-profiling lobby's destructive results on black american citizens. The aid in city crime, one of many nation's sign coverage successes of the Nineties, has benefited black groups much more dramatically than white neighborhoods, she indicates. by means of policing internal towns actively after lengthy forget, law enforcement officials have allowed enterprise and civil society to flourish there once again. yet assaults on police, centering on fake fees of police racism and racial profiling, and spearheaded via activists, the clicking, or even the Justice division, have slowed the good fortune and threaten to opposite it. Ms. Mac Donald appears to be like on the truth in the back of the allegations and writes concerning the black police officers you by no means heard approximately, the clicking assurance of policing, and policing thoughts around the state. Her iconoclastic findings demolish the existing anti-cop orthodoxy.

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Whitman's future political career depended on getting Williams's head, and she got it. One way to make sure that nasty confrontations with the facts about crime don't happen again is to stop publishing those facts. And so the New Jersey state police no longer distribute a typical felony-offender profile to their officers, because such profiles may contribute, in the attorney general's words, to "inappropriate stereotypes" about criminals. Never mind that in law enforcement, with its deadly risk, more information is always better than less.

Here was a completely self-referential piece posing as news: the paper covering itself covering the Diallo protests. " If anything, Barry understated how completely media-driven the civil disobelence campaign was. As I chatted with a Sharpton follower one morning at One Police Plaza, a woman in a sleek suit paced nearby, casting impatient glances at me. Finally I asked her what she wanted. State Assemblymen Richard Gottfried and Pete Grannis were getting arrested that day, she portentously announced, then disappeared to spread the word among other reporters.

For all the hyperbole surrounding the arrests, the final tally1,166-hardly adds up to overwhelming support for Sharpton's cause. A second test of Sharpton's drawing strength, the April 15 march across the Brooklyn Bridge, came up even shorter, considering the resources behind it. The planners drew on the massive capacity of the health-care workers union, Local 1199, headed by Dennis Rivera, an implacable foe of Giuliani's efforts to privatize the city's dnosaur public hospital system. To recruit marchers, Rivera's state-of-the-art publicity machine printed hundreds of thousands of posters and leaflets; his phone banks made 150,000 calls.

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