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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs; First Trade Paper Ed edition (11 Sep 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610394577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610394574
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Daily Beast "Virtually peerless as a writer on the issue" The Economist "Mr Balko manages to avoid the cliches of both right and left, and 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", Mr Balko's interesting first book, explains what policies led to the militarisation of America's police. To his credit, he focuses his outrage not on the police themselves, but on politicians and the phoney, wasteful drug war they created." Glenn Greenwald, constitutional lawyer, Guardian columnist, and New York Times-bestselling author "Vibrant and compelling. There is no vital trend in American society more overlooked than the militarization of our domestic police forces, and there is no journalist in America who is more knowledgeable and passionate about this topic than Radley Balko. If you care about the core political liberties of Americans, this is a must-read." Charleston (WV) Gazette "For Americans who care about their core political liberties, Balko's book is a must-read." Pacific Standard "Fascinating and sometimes terrifying" "Jack Dunphy" (nom de plume of a police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department), National Review Online "For all my cop's quibbles with Rise of the Warrior Cop, I was struck by how much I found to agree with in the book. Balko makes a compelling case that in America today there are too many SWAT teams operating with too little accountability, further exposing the country to the dangers this magazine identified in 1996. 'No, America today isn't a police state,' he writes in the concluding chapter. 'Far from it. But it would be foolish to wait until it becomes one to get concerned.' One need not be a libertarian to appreciate the warning." Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief, Huffington Post "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." Ron Paul, former Texas congressman and Republican presidential candidate "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." Diane Goldstein, Huffington Post "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." New York Journal of Books "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." Publishers Weekly "'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." Salt Lake Tribune "a well-researched book that piques the reader's intellect as much as it does his or her emotions." Ilya Somin, Volokh Conspiracy "The best new book on a law-related topic I have read so far this year" StoptheDrugWar.org "In Balko's hands, an entertaining and illuminating story -- as well as depressing and frightening -- told with verve and gusto, meticulously researched, and filled with telling historical detail... Rise of the Warrior Cop is an important book and deserves to be read by small government conservatives, civil libertarian liberals, police commanders, and politicians alike." Simple Justice blog "It's critical to appreciate the history of policing, to understand that what we now see as normal and inescapable wasn't always the case. For most of our history, this country did not have a group of people with shields and guns who wandered the streets ordering people about... If there is any hope of changing the course of the militarization of law enforcement, it will come from a greater understanding of why this was never meant to be the internal norm of this country, and that it doesn't have to be. Radley Balko has done an exceptional job of making the case. Every person who hopes to preserve the integrity of his Castle from dynamic entry needs to read The Rise of Warrior Cop." Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union "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." Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief, Huffington Post "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." Ron Paul, former Texas congressman and Republican presidential candidate "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." Norm Stamper, thirty-four-year police veteran and police chief of Seattle, Washington, 1994--2000 "A rich, pertinent history, with unexpected but critically important observations of the increased militarization of American policing. And so well presented: clear, lucid, elegantly crafted. Rise of the Warrior Cop should be on the shelves of every police chief, sheriff, and SWAT commander in the country. A huge contribution." Glenn Greenwald, constitutional lawyer, Guardian columnist, and New York Times-bestselling author "Vibrant and compelling. There is no vital trend in American society more overlooked than the militarization of our domestic police forces, and there is no journalist in America who is more knowledgeable and passionate about this topic than Radley Balko. If you care about the core political liberties of Americans, this is a must-read." Peter Kraska, Chair and Professor, Police and Justice Studies, Eastern Kentucky University "Balko excels at an excruciatingly difficult task: telling the history of police militarization in a way that will grip any curious mind -- without any loss of intellectual rigor. A fascinating, highly educational, and deeply disturbing read." PolicyMic.com "Balko gets it right. There is very much an attitude and subsequent policy of police militarization in the U.S. Neighborhoods are being treated as warzones, even when they're not."

About the Author

Radley Balko is an award-winning investigative journalist who writes about civil liberties, police, prosecutors, and the broader criminal justice system. He is currently a writer and investigative reporter for the Washington Post. Previously, he was a senior writer and investigative reporter for the Huffington Post, senior editor for Reason magazine, and a policy analyst for the Cato Institute. In 2011, the Los Angeles Press Club named him "Journalist of the Year." Follow him on twitter: @RadleyBalko

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 July 2013
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This review is from: Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces (Hardcover)
For those of us who have followed Radley Balko on his old blog, 'The Agitator', and in his new position as Senior Writer and Investigative Reporter at The Huffington Post, this book is a culmination of some of his best writing. The Rise of the Warrior Cop, was seen up close and personal in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing. Hundreds of police from all across New England converged in Watertown, Mass.,to hunt for the Marathon Bomber. The city under total lockdown, with these heavily armed policemen with all matter of armored vehicles racing down the streets, police knocking on doors, hunting in trash cans, gave the television viewer a sense of déjà vous. To the average citizen, we were OK with the police hunting down the criminals, giving up a twenty four hour period of our lives, to stay in doors under lockdown, while they went about their business. It wasn't until the guns started firing, willy nilly, cross fire between the police and the fugitives, bullets entering homes, breaking glass, with horrified citizens looking on. No, citizen was injured, which seems a miracle considering the amount of ammunition used. Is this the future of policing?

Radley Balko gives us the background of policing. The real militarization of the police. Once the wars wore down, the old and new equipment no longer needed by the military was given to the local police.. Large cities, New York, LA, benefitted first, then it spread out to the rest of the country. Drug raids now take place with armored transports, SWAT teams heavily armed, break into homes with wrong addresses, shooting dogs, harassing the citizenry, all done under the guise of good policing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Gottschalk on 4 Jun 2014
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As we grapple with the complex issue of community safety and our relations with the police this monograph must provoke our thinking and our action. The US experience may apppear to be irrelevant but stop read and let your mind play with the ideas and data.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James on 18 Aug 2013
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A great work loaded with facts from the foundation of America to the present day. It really underscored the reasons for militarism and the erroding of constitutional freedoms in our country today. It also presents ideas for re establishing community trust between law enforcement and the citizenry that our founding fathers intended.
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