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Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces

• independent.org

Conservatives favored stronger police powers through the 1980s; in the next decade, disasters such as Ruby Ridge and Waco convinced many on the right that federal law enforcement was becoming militaristic and excessively violent. Their criticisms subsided during George W. Bush's war on terror, but recent news has begun to awaken Americans across the spectrum to the danger posed by cops. Journalist Radley Balko provides some of this valuable history in Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces. His reporting on police abuses helped save a man from death row and never ceases to raise blood pressures. His newest book carries immense potency, page after page delivering incisive and enraging indictments of modern law enforcement trends.

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