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.
"not an anti cop book"
"Surprise! NSA Data Will Soon Routinely Be Used for Domestic Policing That Has Nothing to Do with Terrorism" is from the March 10 2016, Opinions section of The Washington Post. It was written by Radley Balko and narrated by Jill Melancon.
Radley Balko and Jacob Sullum on the DEA's war against pain sufferers; Floyd Abrams on political partisans who support free speech, but only when they agree with it; William Niskanen on the lessons Enron teaches about financial mismanagement; David Boaz on why Congress should defend the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; Steven Davies on the explosive growth of the world's wealth; and Anne Applebaum on how totalitarianism came to power in Russia and Germany.
"Alton Sterling's Death Appears to Be Another Police Shooting That Was Both Legal and Preventable" is from the July 06, 2016 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Radley Balko and narrated by Sam Scholl.