Rise of the Warrior Cop

Rise of the Warrior Cop

The Militarization of America's Police Forces

eBook - 2013
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The last days of colonialism taught America's revolutionaries that soldiers in the streets bring conflict and tyranny. As a result, our country has generally worked to keep the military out of law enforcement. But according to investigative reporter Radley Balko, over the last several decades, America's cops have increasingly come to resemble ground troops. The consequences have been dire: the home is no longer a place of sanctuary, the Fourth Amendment has been gutted, and police today have been conditioned to see the citizens they serve as an other--an enemy.

Today's armored-up policemen are a far cry from the constables of early America. The unrest of the 1960s brought about the invention of the SWAT unit--which in turn led to the debut of military tactics in the ranks of police officers. Nixon's War on Drugs, Reagan's War on Poverty, Clinton's COPS program, the post-9/11 security state under Bush and Obama: by degrees, each of these innovations expanded and empowered police forces, always at the expense of civil liberties. And these are just four among a slew of reckless programs.

In Rise of the Warrior Cop , Balko shows how politicians' ill-considered policies and relentless declarations of war against vague enemies like crime, drugs, and terror have blurred the distinction between cop and soldier. His fascinating, frightening narrative shows how over a generation, a creeping battlefield mentality has isolated and alienated American police officers and put them on a collision course with the values of a free society.
Published: New York :, PublicAffairs,, [2013]
ISBN: 9781610392129
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Oct 28, 2018

Balko is an investigative journalist. This book outlines the history of American police by decade, including concrete facts and figures. An eye-opening and balanced read.

Dec 06, 2015

This book is full of concrete facts and research. Not meant to create hate; Balko argues that current SWAT teams are made to follow protocol that is more dangerous for the cops themselves. If the facts look ugly well the truth is ugly. Read for yourself and you will see Balko does nothing but make an informed and truthful argument.

Apr 08, 2014

This book wasn't worth the time I wasted reading it. I was hoping for a historical view of the progression of law enforcement and instead was spoon fed a line of hate by Balko. Blako looks only to sew fear and hatred towards officers. He doesn't provide objective facts to support his argument, instead he uses propaganda and misleading information to pursue a path of hatred. Balko never stops to consider that the officers did not create the environment they operate within, however, it is the lawyers, criminals and organizations like the ACLU who perpetuate the "Us versus them" hate.


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