Rise of the Warrior Cop

  • by Radley Balko
  • Narrated by William Hughes
  • 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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not an anti cop book

nevermind the naysayers. they are just angry cops who don't like the truth being revealed. this book it's historically and factually accurate. I have been investigating and researching police brutality and violence nearly my whole life. and when I say we have a major problem believe me we do. as the author describes it has a lot to do with policy and the blue line mentality. look folks , read or listen to this book and make it viral. spread the truth because the life you save might be your own family or friend or self.
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- Shawshank

Scarier than any horror book. Because it's true!

What made the experience of listening to Rise of the Warrior Cop the most enjoyable?

The information given. I researched a lot of it after the fact. All true.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Rise of the Warrior Cop?

The feeling of dread that I had in realizing that it's only going to get worse and that our country is screwed.


What about William Hughes’s performance did you like?

He was extremely good. But that being said it's a work of non fiction and mostly all he has to really do spit out facts.


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

I wouldn't say an extreme reaction.


Any additional comments?

I'm listening to this for a second time just to hear all the facts again. If you listen to this book and DON'T get an overwhelming feeling of dread once you realize what road this country has been heading down for over 50 years then you need to get checked into an mental home.

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- Christopher

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-09-2013
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.