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Rise of the Warrior Cop Audiobook

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

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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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    LookeyLou Lakewood, United States 02-21-17
    LookeyLou Lakewood, United States 02-21-17 Member Since 2007
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    "What I tell my son"

    I tell my son to be careful about friends and relatives he hangs out with. He could get caught up in something he's not even fully aware of. If you are picked up by the police, lawyer up before you volunteer anything, so that you fully understand why you've been detained. While it's rare to get caught up in the situations described in this book. You don't want to be in his sequel.

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    Amazon Nile 02-08-17
    Amazon Nile 02-08-17

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    "volunteer sheriff not paid police"

    provides evidence of lost civil liberties and need for and griffith not barney fife police

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    Michael 01-18-17
    Michael 01-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    I loved Rise of the Warrior Cop. It is very well researched. I do like listening to the cadence of the author if possible. But aside from that small criticism I would recommend every American to find the time to read this eye opening book.

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    Phillip 12-30-16
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    "Great read/listen!"

    Very informative. I enjoyed the narrator as well as the content in the book. It was great.

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    happythoughts 12-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Informative"
    Where does Rise of the Warrior Cop rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book did a good job of presenting problems that face the LEO and the communities they represent. I believe it could have presented more information that is current though. Much of this is out of date.


    Has Rise of the Warrior Cop turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No not really.


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

    Nothing to my knowledge.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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    Any additional comments?

    I feel that this book should have offered some solutions to the problem that it harped on throughout the content.

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    Per 11-27-16
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    Offering perspective on the situation in law enforcement in the States, this book should be a wake-up call to American citizens and a warning to the rest of the democratic world.

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    Donald Discovery Bay, CA, United States 10-27-16
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    "Every should read"

    Every high school student should be required to read this book. If more states legalize weed maybe some of this madness will end.

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    Scott Ellefson Monroe, WI, USA 10-24-16
    Scott Ellefson Monroe, WI, USA 10-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    Good Book but very dry has good points and bad towards Law Enforcement. Good research.

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    Jon 10-21-16
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    "Eye-opening"

    Balko offers incredible insight into the disturbing militarization trend in police departments across the country. One of my favorite titles yet.

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    Amazon Customer Irving, Tx United States 10-05-16
    Amazon Customer Irving, Tx United States 10-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting but shallow"

    The history of SWAT is interesting but the analysis is annoyingly shallow. Mostly a recounting of dozens of cases of police abuse and a lot of shocked indignation.

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