Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. Mac Donald’s work at City Journal has canvassed a range of topics, including higher education, immigration, policing and “racial” profiling, homelessness and homeless advocacy, criminal-justice reform, and race relations. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, and The New Criterion. Mac Donald's newest book, The War on Cops (2016), warns that raced-based attacks on the criminal-justice system, from the White House on down, are eroding the authority of law and putting lives at risk. She is a recipient of the 2005 Bradley Prize.
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The elevated black violent-crime rate is responsible for the fact that blacks overall are three times as likely to die from police shootings as whites are.
The idea that the U.S. is experiencing an epidemic of racially driven police shootings is also false, and dangerously so. Several studies released this year show that police officers are less likely to shoot blacks than whites.
Two years of corrosive rhetoric about racist cops, based on falsehoods—with disastrous effects.
Go to any police-community meeting in high crime areas and you will hear an urgent desire for more policing, not less.
The current rise in violent crime in many American cities is the result of officers backing off of proactive policing.
The disparity between civilian and police shootings hasn’t stopped local Black Lives Matter activists from continuing to claim that it’s the cops who are the biggest threat facing Chicago’s young black men today.