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War as a rhetorical concept is firmly embedded in American culture. Over the past several decades, federal and local law enforcement has been enlisted in a war on crime, a war on drugs and a war on terror. These wars are more than just metaphors designed to rally public support and secure budget appropriations. They change the way we think about what the police do. Wars mean shooting first and asking questions later. Wars require military tactics and weaponry.
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. After reading Balko, you'll be aware, alright-and scared.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Some of that might be because police are better protected, but they are also not being attacked as often: Assaults on cops are down 45 percent since their peak in Indeed, violent crime overall is down in America—it has fallen by nearly half since In the end, the driving factor behind the police arms race may be not so much greater risk, but greater spending. And unlike Homeland Security dollars, forfeiture funds can be used to download firearms.
A rogue group of demonstrators might be armed, he said. Do they wear fatigues? Some of them do. Why is that? A study found that 49 percent of police departments surveyed used active-duty military personnel, including special-forces troops, to train their SWAT teams. Anyone who puts their hands down will get fucking shot! Afterward, I asked a Marine why they trained in exercises designed for police.
The modern military is in the business of occupation, he said, of getting governments up and running. They work as prison guards by day and are trained to do hostage rescue. The scenario was this: A Muslim man had been fired from his job. Now he was inside a classroom, holding a Jewish ex-coworker hostage. Then they pulled the terrorist out too, leaving the chemical to ooze onto the floor. That, they explained later, was for hazmat to deal with.
I left the training site feeling unsettled. If you were the hostage in a real-life version of one of these scenarios, would you want someone to come and save you?
Of course you would. If you were a cop, would you want to be protected against anything that might come your way? Of course. And yet, nearly every SWAT cop I talked to at Urban Shield was spending most of his time doing drug busts, searching houses, and serving warrants. Each team in the competition had been on the move for more than 24 hours. Teams had been taking a boat out into the bay and climbing up into the underbelly of the bridge to disrupt a fake IED.
We could tag along, but no video. I sighed, frustrated. As we got ready to leave, we stopped by the trailer of HaloDrop, a robotics company that was displaying video screens, drones, and 3-D printers inside. After filming an interview with the HaloDrop representative, we discussed our plans for the rest of the day. Should we watch South Korea do an assault on an armored truck, then head over to see the prison guards evict a right-wing sovereign citizens group?
As we talked, the HaloDrop vendor approached. He had experience with the courts, he said.
His captain had called, he said, and told him we had been filming at an unauthorized location. Where was that? I asked.
I assume it was the Bay Bridge. It seemed pointless to argue that, in the United States, photographing a bridge does not require police authorization. Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters.
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