By Heather MacDonald
Fake fees of racial profiling threaten to obliterate the crime-fighting profits of the decade, particularly in America's internal towns. this is often the message of Heather Mac Donald's new ebook, during which she brings her distinct model of difficult and sincere journalism to the present struggle opposed to the police. The anti-profiling campaign, she fees, flourishes on an lack of information of policing and a willful blindness to the demographics of crime. In cautious stories from big apple and different significant towns around the state, Ms. Mac Donald investigates the workings of the police, the debate over racial profiling, and the anti-profiling lobby's damaging results on black american citizens. The relief 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 exhibits. through policing internal towns actively after lengthy overlook, 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 by way of activists, the clicking, or even the Justice division, have slowed the luck and threaten to opposite it. Ms. Mac Donald appears to be like on the fact in the back of the allegations and writes concerning the black police officers you by no means heard approximately, the click assurance of policing, and policing suggestions around the state. Her iconoclastic findings demolish the existing anti-cop orthodoxy.
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The Times's own evidence shows something very far from randomness. The Street Crime Unit, the paper says, reported 45,000 frisks in the last two years and made 9,500 arrests, of which 2,500 Are Cops Racist? / 42 were for illegal guns. 7 stops; one gun for every 18 stops-looks pretty impressive, though admittedly the police may not be reporting all stops. S. today. A system that hits one in 20 is well within tolerance," he maintains. " But to the Times, any unsuccessful frisks may be too many. Its gut feeling about the stop-and-frisk issue shone out clearly from a shocked statement in the February 15 "Toll on the Streets" article: "Nearly 40,000 people were stopped and frisked during the last two years simply because a street crime officer mistakenly thought they were carrying guns" [emphasis added].
This finding demolishes the myth of racial profiling. Precisely for that reason, the Bush Justice Department tried to bury the report so the profiling juggernaut could continue its destructive campaign against law enforcement. What happens next will show whether the politics of racial victimization now7trump all other national concerns. Until now the anti-police crusade that travels under the banner of "ending racial profiling" has traded on ignorance. Its spokesmen went around the country charging that the police were stopping "too many" minorities for traffic infractions or more serious violations.
The groups that sent members to get arrested at One Police Plaza represent every interest that Giuliani's efforts to dismantle poverty and identity politics have offended, from the NAACP, the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, the CUNY faculty, and the National Lawyers Guild to ACT-UP, the Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence, Housing Works, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the War Resisters League, Workers to Free Mumia, the Working Families Party, Lesbians and Gays Against Police Brutality, New York Lawyers in the Public Interest, and various unions.