Tuesday, July 12, 2016


The war on cops: The big lie of the anti-cop left turns lethal

Editor's note: The following is excerpted from "The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe" (Encounter Books, June 21, 2016).

 In the summer of 2014 a lie overtook significant parts of the country and grew into a kind of mass hysteria. That lie holds that the police pose a mortal threat to black Americans—indeed, that the police are the greatest threat facing black Americans today. Several subsidiary untruths buttress that central myth: that the criminal-justice system is biased against blacks; that there is no such thing as a black underclass; and that crime rates are comparable between blacks and whites, so that disproportionate police action in minority neighborhoods cannot be explained without reference to racism. The poisonous effect of these lies manifested itself in the cold-blooded assassination of two NYPD officers in December that year. The highest reaches of American society promulgated those untruths and participated in the mass hysteria.

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