Rise of the Warrior Cop by Radley Balko audiobook

Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces

By Radley Balko
Read by William Hughes

Blackstone Publishing 9781610392112

Unabridged

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Runtime: 13.23 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English

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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 of America'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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Civil libertarians on the left and limited government conservatives on the right should pay especially close attention to Radley Balko’s examination of the link between the ‘the war on drugs’ and law enforcement’s increased use of police state tactics.” Ron Paul, former US Representative from Texas
“Vibrant and compelling…If you care about the core political liberties of Americans, this is a must-read.” Glenn Greenwald, New York Times bestselling author
“Balko…shows the chilling results of both parties’ unwillingness to stand up to increasingly aggressive police tactics that often pit cops against those they are sworn to protect.” Arianna Huffington, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“A detailed history of a dangerous trend.” Wall Street Journal
“Balko manages to avoid the clichés of both right and left and provokes genuine outrage at the misuse of state power in its most brutal and unaccountable form.” The Economist (London)
“The list of questionable tactics and militarized raids has grown longer with each passing year…After reading Balko, you’ll be aware, alright—and scared.” Publishers Weekly
“A searing exposé…An important, sometimes-groundbreaking account of police gone wild.” Kirkus Reviews
“A rich, pertinent history…Clear, lucid, elegantly crafted. Rise of the Warrior Cop should be on the shelves of every police chief, sheriff, and SWAT commander in the country. A huge contribution.” Norm Stamper, police chief of Seattle, 1994–2000
“Radley Balko is one of those throwback journalists that understands the power of groundbreaking reporting and how to make a significant impact through his work.” Judges’ Statement, Los Angeles Press Club Awards Ceremony

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Author Bio: Radley Balko

Author Bio: Radley Balko

Radley Balko is an investigative journalist and reporter at the Washington Post. He currently writes and edits “The Watch,” a reported opinion blog that covers civil liberties and the criminal justice system. He is the author of the 2013 book Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces, which has won widespread acclaim, including from the Economist, New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly, and was named one of the best investigative journalism books of the year by the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University. His January 2013 investigation, “Solving Kathy Mabry’s Murder: Brutal 15-Year-Old Crime Highlights Decades-Long Mississippi Scandal,” was one of the most widely read Huffington Post articles of 2013. In 2015, he was awarded the Innocence Project’s Journalism Award, in part for his coverage in Mississippi.

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Available Formats : Retail CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 13.23
Audience: Adult
Language: English