The American approach to law enforcement was forged by the experience of revolution. Emerging as they did from the shadow of British rule, the country's founders would likely have viewed police as they exist today as a standing army and therefore a threat to liberty. Even so, excessive force and disregard for the Bill of Rights have become epidemic in America today.
According to civil liberties reporter Radley Balko, these are all symptoms of a generation-long shift to increasingly aggressive, militaristic, and arguably unconstitutional policing - one that would have shocked the conscience ofAmerica’s founders.
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.
©2013 Radley Balko (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
26, in the Army. I'll read just about anything
The information given. I researched a lot of it after the fact. All true.
The feeling of dread that I had in realizing that it's only going to get worse and that our country is screwed.
He was extremely good. But that being said it's a work of non fiction and mostly all he has to really do spit out facts.
I wouldn't say an extreme reaction.
I'm listening to this for a second time just to hear all the facts again. If you listen to this book and DON'T get an overwhelming feeling of dread once you realize what road this country has been heading down for over 50 years then you need to get checked into an mental home.
Yes. Everyone should understand how and why the nation's police are militarized.
The facts. All of them.
The content of the book, because this book is so well researched, written, and narrated, should upset everyone.
This book is excellent. The only thing I would have added is a much more clear and obvious thesis at the start and end of every chapter. Only because there is a lot of information and some of the details are so disturbing that the actual points that some of the stories are trying to illustrate become background or lost from the reaction one is likely to have from hearing the story. Statistics about unconstitutional SWAT raids followed by stories of SWAT raids resulting in deaths of completely innocent people followed by more statistics and stories, some of the finer points, and sometimes the chapters' central thesis, end up overlooked.
One of the most insightful descriptions of the developement of policing in the West, and particularly the US
Exposure of a constitutional outrage with no outcry
Setting the books obvious political bias aside, it gives a chilling overview of how policing has become a battlefield discipline rather than a bulwark of the community.
Police state overreach.
This is a book that is very provocative. If you are a big fan of civil rights and the Bill of Rights, this book is sure to get your blood on boil. This is the kind of reading that should be nearly mandatory at some point in the education of our kids. There is a problem with the police profiting from drug enforcement...this is big business on the highest order. A great book. Starts off a little slow with history and references, but builds to a much more interesting pitch in the latter 75% of the book. Very much enjoyed.
The stories alongside a rich fact base.
Colorado school shooting where SWAT refused to enter building for fear of their officers being hurt. Irony for SWAT to not enter a school full of kids, the entire point of SWAT.
Balko opens the book by saying that he is not anti-police. He then spends the next 13 hours painting American law enforcement as knuckle-dragging, power-tripping, buffoons. He does this by using out-of-context statistics along with highly opinionated, one-sided, accounts of police negligence, misconduct and brutality.
I'm a Canadian police officer and I actually agree with almost all of Balko's recommendations at the end of the book. Getting to end without shutting it off was the tough part. The first portion of the book is a painfully dry, historical account of US state and federal politics as they pertain to drug laws and no-knock entries. Balko then moves into story after tragic story of bumbling, bloodthirsty cops conducting raids on the homes of innocent people and how it destroyed their lives.
There are many things that American police can and should be doing better. However, this message was completely lost in the delivery.
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More calls to action. ways to stop this out of control growth more.
good inflection, high lighting facts in a book are much easier to pull up latter. Hi Hi. :-)
Call to action and ways to make change.... Maybe a followup book?
Cops aren't military.
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.
Hard to pick, he goes into everything from the founding fathers to Nixon.
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.
It's a great book and a very necessary addition to anyone's library who is sincerely interested in liberty and the path that America is currently on.
If one is sincerely concerned about the size of our government, then it stands to reason that they should be equally concerned about the militarization of that government's arm of enforcement. Likewise, if one is genuinely worried about expanding the rights of every citizen and every lifestyle, shouldn't they be just as worried about a militarized police force that is already being used to subjectively oppress those rights.
This book is not about Left wing or Right wing, but about what is already happening to America and the individual rights that our freedom rests upon.
Excellent narration, good content, good anecdotes
The massive increase in SWAT raids for nonviolent warrant service
This book will change the way you look at law & order and crime and punishment in america.
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