Book claims 'Ferguson effect' linked to crime spike

Police Chiefs, Obama, Comey All Split on 'Ferguson Effect'
Police Chiefs, Obama, Comey All Split on 'Ferguson Effect'

A new book claims that the recent crime jump in the U.S., specifically the nearly 17 percent spike in homicides in 2015, may be a result of what author Heather Mac Donald calls the "Ferguson effect."

In the book "The War on Cops," Mac Donald argues that since the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, police officers have been reluctant to engage in proactive policing, and criminals have become emboldened.

The book looks to expand upon Mac Donald's controversial claim regarding the "Ferguson effect" by deconstructing the "central narrative of the Black Lives Matter movement: that racist cops are the greatest threat to young black males."

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According to Mac Donald, the major criminal justice-system issues stem from "criminals and gangbangers" and not police officers.

Mac Donald also takes issue with the idea of "mass incarceration" saying, "America does not have an incarceration problem, It has a crime problem. And the only answer to that crime problem is to rebuild the family."

Throughout the book the author takes on other hot-button issues facing the criminal justice system in the wake of what Mac Donald calls "The War on Cops," including interviews with residents of high-crime neighborhoods who are calling for proactive policing.

"The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe" will be released on June, 21st.