Rise of the warrior cop

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Rise of the Warrior Cop

One of the most disturbing trends in American policing in recent years has been the militarization of police weaponry and tactics. In his new book, “The Rise of the Warrior Cop”, author Radley Balko traces the roots of American law enforcement from the constables of colonial times to present day SWAT teams and special response units. With the high controversy surrounding the “war on drugs” and the “war on terrorism,” policymakers have signed off on a dangerously aggressive style of policing that too often leads to unnecessary deaths and injuries. Some people say that modern law enforcement is on a collision course with our Bill of Rights and is unconstitutional. In the book “ Rise of the Warrior Cop” the author talks about how modern day policing are adapting mostly all military tactic. These wars are more than just metaphors designed to rally public support and secure all the money they can to support these programs. 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. Wars mean civilian casualties. Are we at war with our own people?

In Rise of the Warrior Cop, Radley Balko views the steady militarization of the police in the U.S. A detailed history of a dangerous trend, Mr. Balko's book tracks police militarization over the past 50 years, a period that not coincidentally corresponds with the rise of SWAT teams but on purpose. Established in the early 1960s and where mostly used in the bigger cities and used against heavily armed and dangerous criminals. Today SWAT teams are almost common in every city in the country. 80% of towns between 25,000 and 50,000 also have their own SWAT teams. Its not li...

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...lue was going on. The way our police have adapted these aggressive and violent tactics of Mr. Balko showed us how both liberals and conservatives have allowed the militarization of our police forces to flourish In our country. The police and military are very different even in the way they conduct their raids, a lot much safer compared to police how is less accountable than the military and a lot less disciplined than the military. After read this book I would more likely not be able to work because I see the point and I can see its not heading in a good direction. These Para military tactics are something that really isn’t a big deal now but it will soon becoming a big deal. Not all police officers are bad like Mr. balko say’s. There are very good police officers in the United States but polices have elevated police over the people they are supposed to be serving.

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