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Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces Paperback – 26 Aug 2014

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US; 1 edition (26 August 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610394577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610394574
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.9 x 21 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

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This historic review of America's police and police tactics is clear and direct in its nondismissal narrative. This is not an anti-police book, but a serious look at the growth and use of SWAT and military style tactics, at America's war on drugs, and the financial incentives that created the new "community police force..". This book is highly recommended for the historic value of the information; it is clear, concise, and well argued. Whether you are a lifetime, card carrying member of the ACLU or the newest law and order politician The Rise of the Warrior Cop provides a clear timeline and important information making it a must read.--New York Journal of Books

"'Are cops constitutional?' It's a bold and provocative question, and the more Balko delves into the history of law enforcement, the more that question seems worth considering. ... After reading Balko, you'll be aware, alright-and scared."--Publishers Weekly

"a well-researched book that piques the reader's intellect as much as it does his or her emotions."--Salt Lake Tribune

"The best new book on a law-related topic I have read so far this year."--Ilya Somin, Volokh Conspiracy

"Excessively militarized policing is easy to ignore when a SWAT team is ramming down someone else's door or tear-gassing someone else's protest. What makes Rise of the Warrior Cop so important is that Mr. Balko makes police militarization real for all of us. This is a meticulously researched history book that casts needed light on a central civil liberties issue. Police militarization is something we should all care about, and Rise of the Warrior Cop will show you why."--Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union

"With his thorough reporting and compelling storytelling gifts, Radley Balko builds a powerful narrative of the militarization of our police forces, which both liberals and conservatives have allowed to flourish. And he 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, president and editor-in-chief, Huffington Post

"Rise of the Warrior Cop is a comprehensive look at the reasons for, and the results of, the increasing militarization of law enforcement. 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 Texas congressman and Republican presidential candidate

"Rise of the Warrior Cop asks many questions about the proper role of law enforcement and the effect of the drug war, America's longest war, on our communities... Balko interweaves history, the Constitution, and case law to create an account of how the massive expansion of SWAT teams occurred as the perfect storm of politics, ideology and federal fiscal coercion."--Diane Goldstein, Huffington Post

"The best and most comprehensive account of the dangers of police militarization."--Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept

"A fascinating and at times wrenching new book."--Sarah Stillman, The New Yorker

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"Mr Balko...provokes genuine outrage at the misuse of state power in its most brutal and unaccountable form: heavily armed police raiding the homes of unarmed, non-violent suspects on the flimsiest of pretexts, and behaving more like an occupying army in hostile territory than guardians of public safety. Rise of the Warrior Cop...explains what policies led to the militarisation of America's police." - The Economist

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