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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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volunteer sheriff not paid police

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

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Review for Rise of the Warrior Cop.

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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Great read/listen!

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

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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 Much of this is out of date.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?

Not really

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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Take notice!

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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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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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Good Book

Good Book but very dry has good points and bad towards Law Enforcement. Good research.

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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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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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Probably better as a regular book

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

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.

Any additional comments?

Skip the audiobook and buy the written book instead.

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