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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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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- Tinckelly

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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- cduck

Book Details

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