• Rise of the Warrior Cop

  • The Militarization of America's Police Forces
  • By: Radley Balko
  • Narrated by: Greg Baglia
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (62 ratings)

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This groundbreaking history of how American police forces have been militarized is now revised and updated. Newly added material brings the story through 2020, including analysis of the Ferguson protests, the Obama and Trump administrations, and the George Floyd protests.

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 over the last two centuries, 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 enemies.

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 that spans from America’s earliest days through today shows how 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.

©2021 Radley Balko (P)2021 PublicAffairs

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Interesting and biased

For a non-northamerican it was interesting to listen to cases and some of the politics, but it is very obvious which way the author leans politically and it shines through not least in the use of statistics in a very narrow way so that it fits the authors view.

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Valuable breakdown, strong political bias near end

I was impressed at how natural and factual the book appeared to be. However, the last couple chapters discredited the rest of that by speaking in mostly politicL terms bashing the right, and with very subjective anaalyses. Would have been 4 stars without the lady couple of chapters, but im glad they were there so I can better gauge the integrity if the rest. Made me think!

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Agenda driven anti law enforcement

This book is full of anti law enforcement stories that are based on unsubstantiated studies. Save your time and money!

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every person in America should read this

this book for the most part is a history book on some sensitive topics in the U.S. right now and as a proud American I am ashamed I didn't know more on these topics before listening.

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the startling history of American policing

I couldn't turn this book off. It's a history of policing in the United States. starting in the 1970s things get very frightening. I was unaware of how many rights we had had stripped back in the subsequent decades. it was strange to see Joe Biden portrayed as inept and part of the problem with American policing. I had just read peril and he was more or less the hero of that book.
an education in the erosion of the third and fourth amendment this book is a must read. updated to reflect recent events including the Capitol riots I was fascinated with what I learned.
every American citizen needs to read this book to understand the direction policing has taken and how radically different it is from what was envisioned by our founding fathers
I can't recommend this book more highly

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