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.
Listened to this book for 30mins or so, it is very bias against police and the growing need for their tools and tactics against the evolving criminal element in this country. not what i thought it would be.
Not what i thought it would be
No thank you
Overall, I liked the book but it is very bias and anti-police making all police look like incompetent idiots. There were some things I learned, some things that I agreed with, and some things that I didn't.
I think the subject is very interesting. Much of the book goes over history (remote and recent) including case law to get where we are today. This would be much better as a written book. It also would be convenient to use as a reference to case law as a written book.
Skip the audiobook and buy the written book instead.
Well read, goes by quickly. Book is really about the war on drugs and how the police deal with the over the top, everyone must be a criminal, mindset. Tons of stories that will leave you shaking your head, and the facts to back the stories up. If you think the police are here to protect and serve, listen to this book....
Your rights explained.
Accurate and compelling research into the Anglo-American Common Law roots of our current laws and how these roots have been ignored to the detriment of our 3rd and 4th amendment rights.
No, but it was a great listen nonetheless.
I recommend this book to civil libertarians, history buffs, non-fiction fans, and all Americans in general. Well researched, and well written, and very well read.
An Academics History of Governments use of Police as a weapon against revolt throughout history. Spoiler Alert: its policy not Police that are at Fault. The best read by far Ive ever encountered on the subject. A must read for constitutional activists as well as government and police organizations on how we got here.
this is a must read for everyone especially people who think the police are your friends and if you're not doing anything wrong then you should have nothing to hide, until they kick your door in and kill your dog then lie on you in court
It maybe a bit one sided at times, however on a topic such as this, one may not be able to overstate its importance. Rise of the warrior cop gives the reader an idea of how Marshall American police have become over time, and how heavy handed tactics used by law enforcement may be detrimental to a free society.
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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