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

Author: Radley Balko
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, 2013.
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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: 1035768045
Notes: Autre tirage : 2014.
Description: 1 v. (XVI-382 pages) ; 21 cm
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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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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