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Libeling Law Enforcement Officers

Social justice warriors and now presidential candidates perpetuate lies about law enforcement, and it is doing a lot of damage to the profession and the nation.

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NYPD Arrest Numbers Plummeted After Pantaleo Firing

Arrests dropped 27% between Aug. 19 — the day Pantaleo was fired — and Aug. 25 compared to the same period in 2018, with police making 3,508 busts compared to 4,827.

Union Chief Urges NYPD Officers to "Proceed with the Utmost Caution"

Patrick Lynch—the longtime president of the Police Benevolent Association—has sent a strongly worded message to the agency's rank and file officers following the firing of Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who was accused of killing Eric Garner in 2014 but was cleared of all wrongdoing.

Former Missouri Lawmaker Blasts Warren for Tweet Claiming Michael Brown was "Murdered"

A former Missouri lawmaker—who is also a retired police officer—blasted presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren for a Tweet claiming that Michael Brown was "murdered" in Ferguson five years ago.

Lessons Learned

First and foremost, the recordings reveal that force is ugly. It is not the "one punch, hero wins, bad guy goes down," movie action the public has been conditioned to expect. 

A Plague of Deadly Hesitation, De-Motivation, and De-Policing in America

Police in a variety of places have talked about trepidation to act when action is the only reasonable response. They have spoken about fearing the aftermath of a deadly force encounter more than they do the incident itself. However, we need to be redoubling our efforts to re-establish proactive policing and aggressive crime fighting.

Video: Chicago Officer More Afraid of Media Scrutiny than Dying on Duty

Citing the "Ferguson effect," a 20-year veteran officer with the Chicago (IL) Police Department — speaking anonymously and with a concealed face and voice — told a local television news station that he is "more concerned about what the media is going to think about me, what they're going to put on the news, or how I'm going to be portrayed as this evil person" than of being killed in the line of duty.

Chicago Officer More Afraid of Media Scrutiny than Dying on Duty

Citing the "Ferguson effect," a 20-year veteran officer with the Chicago (IL) Police Department — speaking anonymously and with a concealed face and voice — told a local television news station that he is "more concerned about what the media is going to think about me, what they're going to put on the news, or how I'm going to be portrayed as this evil person" than of being killed in the line of duty. More Here.

The Measure of Our Success

Good intentions are not enough when we make decisions for criminal justice.

The FBI's Latest Report Suggests the 'Ferguson Effect' Is Real

Another year's worth of FBI data adds weight to MacDonald's argument. Killings have spiked in several cities that experienced rioting or significant protest against the police.