Are Cops Racist? by Heather MacDonald

By Heather MacDonald

Fake fees of racial profiling threaten to obliterate the crime-fighting earnings of the decade, specifically in America's internal towns. this is often the message of Heather Mac Donald's new ebook, within which she brings her designated model of difficult and sincere journalism to the present warfare opposed to the police. The anti-profiling campaign, she fees, prospers on an lack of knowledge of policing and a willful blindness to the demographics of crime. In cautious studies from long island and different significant towns around the state, Ms. Mac Donald investigates the workings of the police, the talk over racial profiling, and the anti-profiling lobby's destructive results on black americans. The relief in city crime, one of many nation's sign coverage successes of the Nineteen Nineties, has benefited black groups much more dramatically than white neighborhoods, she indicates. by way of policing internal towns actively after lengthy forget, police officers 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 by means of activists, the clicking, or even the Justice division, have slowed the good fortune and threaten to opposite it. Ms. Mac Donald seems to be on the truth in the back of the allegations and writes concerning the black police officers you by no means heard approximately, the click insurance of policing, and policing options around the kingdom. Her iconoclastic findings demolish the present anti-cop orthodoxy.

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Does that mean that the officers are racist? Hardly; they are simply going where the crime is. In most high-crime neighborhoods, race is Are Cops Racist? 1 24 wholly irrelevant to policing, because nearly all the residents are minorities. Urban police chiefs worry about the data-collection mania as much as highway patrol commanders do. Ed Flynn, chief of police for Virginia's Arlington County, explains why. Last year the black community in his jurisdiction was demanding heavier drug enforcement.

No claim of police harassment seemed incredible to the Times. A troubling article told of police harassment of students at Rice High School, a Catholic school; one boy alleged that an officer had accused him of personally knitting the school sweater vest he was wearing in order to pass as a student. Perhaps every teen regaling reporters with his police ordeals tells only the gospel truth, but on the streets you hear skepticism about such accounts. "I'm sure the students provoke the police," sighs Lilliam Rosa, the youth coordinator for the Highbridge Unity Center in the South Bronx.

Look at the facts, he argued with acerbity: the department has a far better record on brutality than elsewhere. It didn't work. " admonished the Times. " A parade of witnesses launched the identical charges of racism and insensitivity against Koch that Giuliani would face fifteen years later. Today Koch has come round to the position that, in attacking the police, data don't count. "There's a greater number of corrupt and brutal cops today than ever before," he told me. What does he base his conclusion on?

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