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We all want to feel safe. But safe from what and from whom?

In his 60-plus years as a trial lawyer, Gerry Spence has never represented a person accused of a crime in which the police hadn't themselves violated the law. Whether by covering up their own corrupt dealings, by the falsification or manufacture of evidence, or by the outright murder of innocent civilians, those individuals charged with upholding the law break it every day - in ways more scandalous than the courts have dared admit. The police and prosecutors won't charge or convict themselves, and so the crimes of the criminal justice system are swept under the rug. Nothing changes.

Too many police officers are killers on the loose, and every uninformed American is a potential next victim. Police culture is mired in the dead weight of precedent and ruled by trigger-happy tyrants. Power will march our nation over the police state precipice unless "we the people" take action. The FBI's massacre of the Weaver family at Ruby Ridge, the killing of mortally wounded Fouad Kaady by a group of police officers, the torture of teenaged Dennis Williams by cops seeking a murder confession - again and again, the question arises: When the very men and women we pay to protect us instead persecute us every day, how can we be safe? In Police State, Spence slaps a stinging indictment upon the American justice system and puts forth a plan to restore liberty and justice for all.

©2015 G.L. Spence and Lanelle P. Spence Living Trust (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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Some excellent points

It had some good case examples but reading what seemed to be the entire court record for several of the cases got tedious.

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  • Mark
  • Earthrock
  • 09-28-15

Exceptional

This book gives the listener a first hand view of how our judicial system has failed us as a society. Mr Spence is a warrior for justice and is a shining example of how we should all behave as citizens and use our ability as free Americans to stand against this tyrannical power hungry developing police state.

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  • B Rose
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  • 09-25-15

Must read!

Great book with details of well know cases never exposed before. Spence is brilliant and this book is as well. Narration was like Spence telling the story himself. Highly recommended this to everyone!

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  • aaron
  • los angeles, CA, United States
  • 10-26-15

A Book EVERY SchoolKid and Adult Should Read!

There need to be more people in this country like Gerry Spence.

This man takes on our renegade army of overly-aggressive police with reckless abandon. We've given our protectors entirely too much power, and we've forgotten that, when it's all said and done, they are OUR EMPLOYEES. Yet, they beat us, tase us, and shoot us with little or no valid reasoning. They also falsify evidence, lie on the stand, and make fraudulent arrests for justifications that are wholly up to them, and may include personal vindictiveness or jealousy. Cops are people, just like you and I. They are imperfect. They make mistakes.

The difference between us and them is, they can shoot you, lie about it, and get away with it with impunity. They can file false charges against you, cost you thousands in legal fees, and get no reprimand or punishment when it's eventually found that you were innocent all along. They can plant evidence that can never be linked back to them, since they know the system well enough to subvert it. They are above the law, and they are well aware of it.

And they need to be stopped.

This book is an excellent step in doing that. Everyone needs to read it!

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great book

great book by a great trial lawyer who always kept fighting. I've read very few books but was able to make it through this book due to the truth and sincere work of Gerry Spence.

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Hard to argue

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Very informative

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Facts,facts,facts

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

Angry and the reason for the backlash we are seeing now which is unfortunate for the really good police officers.

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Theres a reason Spence never loses powerful guy on the right side of the law.

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must read

this book will not only tell the story of our justice system but he also gives solutions to our problems. it is so nice to read a sad or angering book like this to then hear solutions to these seemingly endless troubles

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Great stories with an even greater point.

There are few story tellers like Gerry Spence and even fewer people in this world that can persuade with passion and empathy for the listener at the same time. Spence lays out his argument with his own experiences and a sense that the reader will follow. The result is that you are left with no choice but to join him in recollection and actually become part of the real life stories he tells. By the end his memories feel like they are your own.

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Not a Police Bashing book but an abuse of power book

Despite the title, I was pleasantly surprised it was not a "Police Bashing" book. Although there were multiple stories where Police impropriety was demonstrated, I believe the author was writing as an attempt to open America's eyes.......to find ABUSE of POWER as an unacceptable way of life. Therefore: if you are a parent, a spouse, a supervisor, a pastor, someone associated to law enforcement, or anyone left off the list, that abuses power via the legal system or other manipulations, YOU are the target of this book. If you are a victim of any such abuse, I believe you will enjoy this book. The only reason I did not give it five stars is because......like it or not, personal bias is almost impossible to be completely left out.

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Justice is the impetuous child of Truth.

A good collection of case examples from which to draw wisdom from and beat the war drums of reform for a justice system that has wondered well off its intended path. A good listen as an audiobook. Well worth the time to absorb and think about.