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Michael

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  • Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Radley Balko
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (168)
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    (170)

    Rise of the Warrior Cop traces the arc of US law enforcement from the constables and private justice of colonial times to present-day SWAT teams and riot cops. Today relentless "war on drugs" and "war on terror" pronouncements from politicians, along with battle-clad police forces with tanks and machine guns, have dangerously blurred the distinction between cop and soldier. Balko's fascinating, frightening narrative shows how martial rhetoric and reactionary policies have put modern law enforcement on a collision course with the values of a free society.

    Christopher says: "Scarier than any horror book. Because it's true!"
    "Detailed and well researched."
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    If you could sum up Rise of the Warrior Cop in three words, what would they be?

    Cops aren't military.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rise of the Warrior Cop?

    The evolution of policing. Nothing shocked me since I've been anti-drug war since I was 17. If anything, I was more impressed by how this really stayed on message of the function of policing and influences on it even when it touched on more sensationalizing topics like drugs.


    Which character – as performed by William Hughes – was your favorite?

    Bobby


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Hard to pick, he goes into everything from the founding fathers to Nixon.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was mentioned by a judge that is a member of L.E.A.P. as being an excellent book in a youtube video I watched earlier tonight. I've been listening to it for hours and have found it more impressive than I'd hoped.

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