Fast on the heels of a blog on President Obama's inviting "celebrity thugs" to the White House to advise him on crime, we have an article in City Journal  headlined "Back to Bedlam," by Heather Mac Donald, about the dramatic rise in violent crime because of the war on the police being waged by Shaun King, Black Lives Matter, and the ACLU.

The news is not good:

Will the anti-cop Left please figure out what it wants? For more than a decade, activists have demanded the end of proactive policing, claiming that it was racist. Pedestrian stops—otherwise known as stop, question, and frisk—were attacked as a bigoted oppression of minority communities. In March 2015, for example, the ACLU of Illinois accused the Chicago Police Department of “targeting” minorities because stops are “disproportionately concentrated in the black community.”

Equally vilified was Broken Windows policing, which responds to low-level offenses such as graffiti, disorderly conduct, and turnstile jumping. Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King launched a petition after the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, demanding that Attorney General Eric Holder “meet with local black and brown youth across the country who are dealing with ‘Zero Tolerance’ and ‘Broken Windows’ policing.”

Well, the police got the message. In response to the incessant accusations of racism and the heightened hostility in the streets that has followed the Michael Brown shooting, officers have pulled back from making investigatory stops and enforcing low-level offenses in many urban areas. As a result, violent crime in cities with large black populations has shot up—homicides in the largest 50 cities rose nearly 17 percent in 2015.

And the Left is once again denouncing the police—this time for not doing enough policing. King now accuses police in Chicago of not “doing their job,” as a result of which “people are dying.” Stops in Chicago are down nearly 90 percent this year through the end of March, compared with the same period in 2015; shootings were up 78 percent and homicides up 62 percent through April 10. Over 100 people were shot in the first ten days of 2016.

King scoffs at the suggestion that a new 70-question street-stop form imposed on the CPD by the ACLU is partly responsible for the drop-off in engagement. If American police “refuse to do their jobs [i.e., make stops] when more paperwork is required,” he retorts, “it’s symptomatic of an entirely broken system in need of an overhaul.” This is the same King who as recently as October fumed that “nothing happening in this country appears to be slowing [the police] down.”

Activists such as King have a profound effect on how the police do their jobs. For example, two groups of young people clashed on a Chicago Street on March 25 in an altercation that left a thirteen-year-old bystander shot with a gun. The police, who are now searching for the shooter, did not respond until the incident was over.

What if they had dispersed the crowd and started asking questions before the innocent boy was shot? Black Lives Matter would have charged racism, while the ACLU would have searched neighborhood records for evidence of racial profiling. The people who suffer most are law-abiding citizens who live in low-income ares, many in fear of their lives now that the police are impeded from protecting them

I urge you to read the entire article.