Since the start of the Black Lives Matter era in 2015, police officers have found themselves routinely surrounded by hostile crowds when they get out of their cruisers to respond to a 911 call or to investigate suspicious behavior. In 2016, an NYPD officer described to me trying to free someone pinned under a car after an automobile accident while jeering bystanders stuck their cell phones in his face, ignoring the yellow police tape.
Now that dangerous activity has been monetized. As The Post reported over the weekend, self-described police “auditors” are trying to harass cops into hostile confrontations, to film the encounter and reap cash rewards from their anti-cop YouTube followers and from public coffers.
This self-seeking provocation is yet another reason for cops to “go fetal,” as Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel put it in 2015. Existing disincentives against proactive policing come from DAs who refuse, in the name of racial justice, to prosecute criminals and from a political class intent on demonizing cops as racists.
Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith fellow at the Manhattan Institute, contributing editor at City Journal, and the author of the bestselling War on Cops and The Diversity Delusion. Follow her on Twitter here.
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