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Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces | [Radley Balko]

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

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Russ United States 11-25-13
    Russ United States 11-25-13 Member Since 2012

    Mn transplant from california. Computer geek online seller, who loves hiking, hunting, sailing, singing and writing music.

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    "Well researched, Facts, figures, call for change"
    What made the experience of listening to Rise of the Warrior Cop the most enjoyable?

    More calls to action. ways to stop this out of control growth more.


    What other book might you compare Rise of the Warrior Cop to and why?

    Control


    What does William Hughes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    good inflection, high lighting facts in a book are much easier to pull up latter. Hi Hi. :-)


    Any additional comments?

    Call to action and ways to make change.... Maybe a followup book?

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    Michael SHIPPENSBURG, PA, United States 11-23-13
    Michael SHIPPENSBURG, PA, United States 11-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Detailed and well researched."
    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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    Mark United States 10-08-13
    Mark United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great look at the militarization of the Police"
    What made the experience of listening to Rise of the Warrior Cop the most enjoyable?

    Excellent narration, good content, good anecdotes


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The statistics


    What about William Hughes’s performance did you like?

    Very consistent


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

    The massive increase in SWAT raids for nonviolent warrant service


    Any additional comments?

    This book will change the way you look at law & order and crime and punishment in america.

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    Bill ARLINGTON, WA, United States 07-24-13
    Bill ARLINGTON, WA, United States 07-24-13
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    Would you listen to Rise of the Warrior Cop again? Why?

    So many stats and stories I am listening againg to add emphasis and recount what I might have missed.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    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.


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

    The public


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It put me in shock and has made me view the police different.


    Any additional comments?

    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

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