• Police State

  • How America's Cops Get Away with Murder
  • By: Gerry Spence
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (111 ratings)

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By: Gerry Spence
Narrated by: Alan Sklar
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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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Fanatical Pontificating of a Defense Attorney

What would have made Police State better?

A more objective point of view.

What could Gerry Spence have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Mr. Spence lacked the ability to be impartial about anything.

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I had extremely high hopes for this audio-book and anxiously awaited it’s release. Having purchased and downloaded I am extremely disappointed and regret wasting a credit. I once had a professor tell me that you should listen to people that you don’t agree with because we can’t always listen to views that mirror our own. Our lives would lack objectivity. I disappointed my old professor on this one. I absolutely could not stand listening to this book in its entirety and I gave it a good college try. If I as a liberal found this author’s assertions to be ludicrous and fanatical that says A LOT. I found his rambling no better than the “system” he was railing against. Garry Spence works quite feverishly at inciting an irrational fear of the government, or “big brother” as he referred to them on occasions in this book. Books or authors like this do more to discredit and dismiss meaningful dialogue and contemplation about police officers who abuse their power because this author offers “victims” that really aren’t victims and who died or had family members killed because of their outright defiance of law, courts and the judicial system. For the first time in life I actually despised defense lawyers while listening to this book. I am a staunch advocate for fair trials but Gerry Spence painted his past clients or the subjects of these books as if they were blameless and random victims being picked on for absolutely no reason at all when the common theme his patients had is that they were white supremacist, or apart of other hate groups and involved (no matter how minor) in illegal activity. I found myself listening in disbelief, shaking my head and when I began loudly shouting my own objections that was when I realized that I could no longer listen to the self-righteous pontifications of Mr. Spence and signed off. After hearing police officers, FBI agents and judges demonized and painted as if they were kill squads (yes … Mr. Spence actually refers to a warrant as a “death order” on several occasions) I was just flabbergasted. Every “lie” told by cops or FBI agents was blown way out of proportion as if that that alone were evidence of how evil the government is when in fact these same clients, suspects, criminals all lie so of course in the pursuit of apprehension, etc FBI agents, police officers lie. The book railed on and on about the criminality of the American justice system and how the rights of American citizens are trampled and gave lists of clients as his proof, yet none of these clients leave America. In particular he talks about how the Spanish government knew better, saved an innocent America and extolled them for their virtuous and careful investigations, Mr Spence and the Spanish government save the day, sue the horrible American government and his clients are 2 million dollars richer and yet their lives are ruined and they are so thankful to the Spanish ... however they have yet to move to their residency and citizenship to Spain. I just wonder what type of government would defense attorneys like Gerry Spence find acceptable because it seems he has forgotten that the democracy he lives in affords him the rights to compare them to “death squads” and liken officials to Hitler’s Nazi’s without having to face persecution.

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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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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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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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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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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 for the weak - very inspiring true cases.

Would you consider the audio edition of Police State to be better than the print version?

Everybody likes to root for the underdog....that is everybody but the bullies in power. So many great stories how the power tyrants get their face rubbed in the dirt. This book reveals just a small sample of the tyranny and miscarriages of justice that occur and have occurred in our republic. The jury system is so valuable to justice....as long as we don't have sheep(le) on the jury. I consider myself ultra conservative & right of right when it comes to politics and I disagree with many of Spence's political views. However I cherish liberty even more than my political views and Spence stands for liberty. Mr. Spence is a true hero for the little people.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Police State?

Randy Weaver/Ruby Ridge tragedy.

What about Alan Sklar’s performance did you like?

I loved the reader - sounds very much like the author.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no

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Well worth it

I’m a huge fan of Gerry Spence, and absorb his writings, interviews, etc. Spence dives deep into a number of cases where he was personally involved, to demonstrate the point of a broken system. He does make some comments on more recent incidents, which I don’t share his conclusions; but, we all have an opinion.
The final points he makes regarding the changes that he would propose in “fixing” the system are spot on. The system, however, will never adopt these changes, nor any others, as the system is gleefully secure, if not drunk, on the power it possesses.

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One of the Great's War Stories

This should be required for law students everywhere. Told through Gerry Spence's lyrical voice, we get the inside story of remarkable cases. Beyond great stories, the book provides tips and lessons for success in the courtroom. I am so grateful Spence assembled this recitation of his epic war stories.