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

Author: Radley Balko
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Book : English : First edition
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"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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Radley Balko
ISBN: 9781610394574 1610394577
OCLC Number: 869266574
Notes: Hardcover first published in 2013 by PublicAffairs.
Description: xvi, 382 pages ; 21 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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"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. His fascinating, frightening narrative shows how over a generation, a creeping battlefield mentality has isolated and alienated American police officers and put them on a collision course with the values of a free society." -- Publisher's website.

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Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept "The best and most comprehensive account of the dangers of police militarization." Sarah Stillman, NewYorker.com "A fascinating and at times wrenching new book." The Read more...

 
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