Policing

Barbarians Display Ignorance at UCLA (with Postscript from Steve)

Featured image Heather Mac Donald is the nation’s leading expert on policing and race. Her book The War On Cops is a classic of social science. In December my think tank, Center of the American Experiment, hosted Heather for a speech in Minneapolis that was attended by more than 400, including over 150 law enforcement officers. That was a great crowd. But when Heather spoke at UCLA last night, at the invitation »

DOJ tells Baltimore cops what pronouns they must use

Featured image Jim Scanlan describes the compliance nightmare that looms for the Baltimore Police Department as a result of the consent decree the City reached with the Justice Department. The events that led to the decree are well known. It stemmed from the death of Freddy Gray through injuries sustained in police custody. There was no convincing evidence that the police did much wrong, and prosecutors were unable to convict any of »

Disgraceful Democrats Depict Police Officers As Pigs

Featured image You could say this is one of the pettier controversies in the history of our national Capitol, or you could say it opens a window onto the deep disgrace of one of our political parties. I incline toward the latter view. There is, apparently, an annual arts competition that results in a large number of paintings from the Congressional districts being displayed in a hallway between one of the House »

Cops killed less, got killed more in 2016

Featured image The Washington Post declares: “Despite ongoing national scrutiny of police tactics, the number of fatal shootings by officers in 2016 remained virtually unchanged from last year when nearly 1,000 people were killed by police.” There are a few problems with this declaration. First, by the Post’s count, the number of fatal shootings by officers decreased by more than 3 percent this year — down from 991 to 957. Second, the »

Investigation confirms absence of wrongdoing in Charlotte shooting

Featured image In September, rioting broke out in Charlotte, North Carolina after a black police officer shot and killed Kenneth Lamont Scott. Mr. Scott was an African-American who, according to the police, pulled a gun and refused to drop it. From the beginning, the shooting looked justified, but we couldn’t tell for sure until the matter was thoroughly investigated. Now, with the investigation complete, it is clear that there was no wrongdoing »

Live and In Person, Heather Mac Donald and The War On Cops

Featured image Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute is America’s premier expert on the intersection of policing and race. Her book The War On Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe is the last word on the subject. A week from Thursday, December 8, the think tank that I run, Center of the American Experiment, will host a lunch forum featuring Heather. If you live »

The War on Cops Comes to San Antonio

Featured image San Antonio police officer Benjamin Marconi was writing a traffic ticket outside police headquarters earlier today when a motorist pulled up behind him, got out of his car, approached Marconi and shot him twice in the head. The murderer got back into his car and drove away. The perpetrator has not yet been caught, so we don’t know whether he was inspired by the Black Lives Matter anti-police movement. What »

Study: Black police officers more likely than white officers to shoot blacks

Featured image Michael Rushford of the Crime and Consequences blog calls attention to a new study by John Lott, Jr. of the Crime Prevention Research Center and Carlisle Moody of the College of William and Mary. The two scholars developed a database for police shootings nationwide from 2013 through 2015. Their database is significantly larger and more detailed than the data available through the FBI. Lott and Carlisle found that white officers »

The National Anthem: a tale of two football teams

Featured image It will be a cold day in hell before I root for the New York Giants to beat the Washington Redskins (or any other team not named the Cowboys). But after today’s game between New York and Washington (won, somehow, by the Redskins), I have a strange new respect for the football Giants. Why? Because every member of the team stood with respect during the playing of our National Anthem. »

Our under-incarceration problem, Charlotte edition

Featured image Nearly lost in the controversy over the events leading to the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by a black police officer in Charlotte is the killing of another black man during the ensuing protests. The victim was Justin Carr. Mr. Carr had wanted to tell his grandmother, who marched with Martin Luther King, that he took part in the protest. Who shot Carr? Relying on video evidence, the police have »

Charlotte rioting illustrates the problem of inner-city policing

Featured image Yesterday afternoon, a small group of black professionals stood silently in front of the Bank of America Tower in Charlotte, North Carolina holding signs reading “Black Lives Matter” and “Stop Killing Us.” One of the protesters told the Charlotte Observer, “What we want to do is show we’re not dangerous; we want to show the world it’s not thugs out here.” Presumably, this man and his fellow silent protesters are »

The fire last time

Featured image The aggravation of racial tensions has proved to be a leading feature of the Age of Obama. The protests/riots/lawlessness in Charlotte last night are illustrative. The Charlotte Observer covers them today here and here. Drudge links to a video of a racist assault posted on Twitter here. Who will speak out against the civic dissolution? I thought it might be worth revisiting what I wrote in November 2014 with respect »

Intense violence in Charlotte follows police shooting

Featured image Protesters in Charlotte, North Carolina have engaged in violence on a large scale following the lethal shooting by police of an African-American. According to the Charlotte Observer, 16 police officers were injured last night in a series of clashes. In addition, there are reports of motorists on Interstate 85 being hurt and their vehicles damaged by rocks, bottles, and traffic cones hurled by protesters off interstate overpasses. Even if the »

A tale of two conferences

Featured image Bill Otis at Crime and Consequences calls attention to a Washington Post story that I think demonstrates the bankruptcy of the Justice Department’s desired approach to policing Baltimore and other big cities. The story tells of two conferences that occurred simultaneously in a Baltimore church. In one room, concerned black residents of crime-ridden neighborhoods desperately called on the police to clear the streets of drug dealers and other thugs. Meanwhile, »

Are the police racist?

Featured image The great Heather Mac Donald is a fellow of the Manhattan Institute and the author, most recently, of The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe. There is such a war, of course, and as in so much else, for whatever reason, the Obama administration is on the wrong side. Is there a hashtag for TruthMatters? Prager U has now released the »

DOJ pushes “implicit bias training” for local police officers

Featured image Conservatives and some liberals have reached a common way to express sympathy (maybe genuine, maybe not) with the police. They like to say that when officers kiss family members goodbye in the morning, they don’t know whether they will return home to them that evening. This is true. But here’s a concern I have not heard mentioned: When officers kiss their families goodbye in the morning, they don’t know in »

Dead Milwaukee man raised gun at police officer, police chief says

Featured image Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn has provided details of the fatal shooting by a black police officer of Sylville Smith, a black Milwaukee man. The shooting sparked riots on Saturday and Sunday night. According to Chief Flynn, who reviewed video from the body camera of the officer who shot Smith, the chain of events that led to the shooting occurred during a period of just 20 to 25 seconds. It »