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Rise of the warrior cop : the militarization of America's police forces

Author: Radley Balko
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Relates the history of American police forces from the constables and sheriffs of the past to the modern-day SWAT teams and riot squads that blur the line between police officers and soldiers.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Radley Balko
ISBN: 9781610392112 1610392116 9781610394574 1610394577
OCLC Number: 811598826
Description: xvi, 382 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: From Rome to writs --
Soldiers in the streets --
A quick history of cops in America --
The 1960s: from root causes to brute force --
The 1970s: pinch and retreat --
The 1980s: us and them --
The 1990s: it's all about the numbers --
The 2000s: a whole new war --
Reform.
Responsibility: Radley Balko.

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Relates the history of American police forces from the constables and sheriffs of the past to the modern-day SWAT teams and riot squads that blur the line between police officers and soldiers.

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 another 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. -- Amazon.com

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One of Gizmodo's Best Books of 2013 Sarah Stillman, NewYorker.com "A fascinating and at times wrenching new book." The Economist "Mr Balko manages to avoid the cliches of both right and left, and Read more...

 
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