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.
Now I need to own a hard copy of this book, as well as buy copies to give friends. I can't stop talking about this -- especially because my own small police department is now the proud owner of a BearCat "rescue" vehicle purchased under devious means.
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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.
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.
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.
So many stats and stories I am listening againg to add emphasis and recount what I might have missed.
The fact that everything is backed up with facts. I couldn't believe some of the numbers I was hearing regarding swat budget, swat instances of botched raids, and how many innocent victims are created in the US system of justice with zero accountability.
It put me in shock and has made me view the police different.
I thought I knew how law enforcement worked in the US. I didn't have a clue. This book is a very eye opening read
The unbelievable and yet extremely frightening facts!!
The fact that our government manipulates the people by lying and then justifies their action by getting elected!
This book should be a textbook at police academies for what not to do and it should be mandatory reading for those that are studying power and government misuse of such.
This is not an anti-law enforcement audio. It's a very well documented and researched case driven historic painting that moves from the earliest days of law enforcement and the money and corruption driving it to become a "police state lite". It's scarey and factual it leaves little doubt where we are headed and how close to being a closed society we are today. The blatant corruption and lack of responsibility of law enforcement agencies committing crimes that others would be put away for life, is just insane.
Needs to be listened to.
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