The Thinning Blue Line

Dec 30, 2016

The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe By Heather Mac Donald (Encounter Books, 242 pages, $23.99) He was a “good kid,” a “gentle giant,” a “student who loomed large and didn’t cause trouble.” His hands were raised in a signal of cooperation and peaceful surrender. The […]

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