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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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By A User on 09-29-16

Not all police are bad.

Like most things in government, the policies of policing are broken. Balko details many issues facing the citizens at large who sadly have traded away our right ever time, piecemeal in lieu for the illusion of safety from ourselves. Now, not only must law abiding citizens fear criminals but our protectors who for good or for ill are taking liberties with our freedoms. State sponsored seizures of property and assets, ultra-violence, wrongful death and injuries with no victim recourse sounds like something out of 1930's Germany and that could never happen here at home. Hopefully after reading this, you too will join together and help take back our nation before another family is hurt or destroyed with no recourse.

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By Shawshank on 10-08-16

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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By Tinckelly on 06-24-15

Wake up call

One of the most frightening books I've ever read. Details the step by step erosion of the constitution. Must read.

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By cduck on 03-15-14

Jaw dropping

This is an extraordinary journey from the beginnings of modern policing in America, right up to present day military style raids to enforce breaches of barbering licenses !

Unless you are already well versed in this area, it is likely that you will find he contents of this audiobook absolutely incredible . I know that I did !

I can't say if it's a balanced account of modern police tactics in the U.S but there are lots of facts and figures to back up the general impression created of gung-ho cops , kicking down doors - often the wrong doors . And a system which offers almost no protection to the average citizen . Having said that, it is not an anti police book by any means . If anything , it is pointing the finger at an administration which manipulates the law and those that uphold it for purely political ends.

It is superbly written and read. At times it made me reel with the injustice of what i was hearing and other times, made me laugh out loud at the disproportionate and ridiculous police handling of often trifling maters .

All in all then, I have had an absolutely fantastic listening experience and can't rate this book highly enough !

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