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Rise Of The Warrior Cop

Author : Radley Balko
ISBN : 9781610392129
Genre : Social Science
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The last days of colonialism taught America's revolutionaries that soldiers in the streets bring conflict and tyranny. As a result, our country has generally worked to keep the military out of law enforcement. But according to investigative reporter Radley Balko, over the last several decades, America's cops have increasingly come to resemble ground troops. The consequences have been dire: the home is no longer a place of sanctuary, the Fourth Amendment has been gutted, and police today have been conditioned to see the citizens they serve as an other—an enemy. Today's armored-up policemen are a far cry from the constables of early America. The unrest of the 1960s brought about the invention of the SWAT unit—which in turn led to the debut of military tactics in the ranks of police officers. Nixon's War on Drugs, Reagan's War on Poverty, Clinton's COPS program, the post–9/11 security state under Bush and Obama: by degrees, each of these innovations expanded and empowered police forces, always at the expense of civil liberties. And these are just four among a slew of reckless programs. In Rise of the Warrior Cop, Balko shows how politicians' ill-considered policies and relentless declarations of war against vague enemies like crime, drugs, and terror have blurred the distinction between cop and soldier. His fascinating, frightening narrative shows how over a generation, a creeping battlefield mentality has isolated and alienated American police officers and put them on a collision course with the values of a free society.

In Context

Author : Nick Selby
ISBN : 0980181704
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Since 2014, the media and the American public have paid more attention than ever to the use of deadly force by American police officers. This accessible book, written in plain English, provides in objective, accurate terms contextually relevant facts on incidents during 2015 in which police officers killed unarmed civilians. It provides reporters, activists, scholars, police administrators, and legislators with high-level analysis to stimulate educated debate. The incidents are described in neutrally written accounts, with analysis and commentary from three perspectives: a police data expert; a veteran street cop and narcotics detective; and an experienced expert witness in the use of force. With chapters by a commissioner of one of America's largest police departments, and a former Navy SEAL commander, the book presents these controversial issues in a new way: fearlessly criticizing the police where warranted, and equally fearlessly pointing out where the police acted not just correctly, but honorably.

To Protect And Serve

Author : Norm Stamper
ISBN : 9781568585413
Genre : Political Science
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American policing is in crisis. The last decade witnessed a vast increase in police aggression, misconduct, and militarization, along with a corresponding reduction in transparency and accountability. Nowhere is this more noticeable and painful than in African American and other ethnic minority communities. Racism—from raw, individualized versions to insidious systemic examples—appears to be on the rise in our police departments. Overall, our police officers have grown more and more alienated from the people they've been hired to serve. In To Protect and To Serve, Norm Stamper offers new insights into the conditions that have created this crisis, reminding us that police in a democratic society belong to the people–and not the other way around. To Protect and To Serve also delivers a revolutionary new model for American law enforcement: the community-based police department. It calls for citizen participation in all aspects of police operations: policymaking, program development, crime fighting and service delivery, entry-level and ongoing education and training, oversight of police conduct, and, especially relevant to today's challenges, joint community-police crisis management. Nothing will ever change until the system itself is radically restructured, and here Norm Stamper shows us how.

When Police Kill

Author : Franklin E. Zimring
ISBN : 9780674978034
Genre : Social Science
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Franklin Zimring compiles data from federal records, crowdsourced research, and investigative journalism to provide a comprehensive, fact-based picture of how, when, where, and why police use deadly force. He offers prescriptions for how federal, state, and local governments could reduce killings at minimum cost without risking officers’ lives.

Deadly Force

Author : Lawrence O'Donnell, Jr.
ISBN : 9780062561497
Genre : True Crime
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Featuring a new preface and afterword by the author From the host of MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, the riveting story of a 1975 police shooting of an unarmed black man in Boston—one of the first to draw national headlines—and the dramatic investigation and court case that followed. On a rainy winter night, James Bowden, Jr. left his mother’s house in Roxbury after a visit. As he guided his Buick out of his parking spot, an unmarked police car suddenly blocked his path. Two undercover officers sprang out, running toward his car. Shots were fired, and Bowden slumped over the wheel. Moments later, he was pronounced dead on arrival at a nearby hospital. The police argued that they had fired in self-defense, claiming that Bowden was an armed robbery suspect and that after they had ordered him to stop, he had fired a shot at one of them. And multiple internal investigations by the Boston Police Department exonerated the officers involved. But Patricia Bowden, James’s widow, knew better. “The truth will come out,” she said at her husband’s funeral. She sought a lawyer willing to take on the Boston Police Department and finally found one in Lawrence F. O’Donnell, the author’s father, a man whose past, unbeknownst to Patricia Bowden, made him the only man in town who could not refuse her case. O’Donnell embarked on a highly contentious three-year battle with the Boston Police Department to win justice for James Bowden. More timely now than ever, Deadly Force is a powerful indictment of police misconduct, a reminder of this issue’s long, tortured history and of how far we still have to go.

Black Hearts

Author : Jim Frederick
ISBN : 0307450988
Genre : History
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This is the story of a small group of soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division’s fabled 502nd Infantry Regiment—a unit known as “the Black Heart Brigade.” Deployed in late 2005 to Iraq’s so-called Triangle of Death, a veritable meat grinder just south of Baghdad, the Black Hearts found themselves in arguably the country’s most dangerous location at its most dangerous time. Hit by near-daily mortars, gunfire, and roadside bomb attacks, suffering from a particularly heavy death toll, and enduring a chronic breakdown in leadership, members of one Black Heart platoon—1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion—descended, over their year-long tour of duty, into a tailspin of poor discipline, substance abuse, and brutality. Four 1st Platoon soldiers would perpetrate one of the most heinous war crimes U.S. forces have committed during the Iraq War—the rape of a fourteen-year-old Iraqi girl and the cold-blooded execution of her and her family. Three other 1st Platoon soldiers would be overrun at a remote outpost—one killed immediately and two taken from the scene, their mutilated corpses found days later booby-trapped with explosives. Black Hearts is an unflinching account of the epic, tragic deployment of 1st Platoon. Drawing on hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with Black Heart soldiers and first-hand reporting from the Triangle of Death, Black Hearts is a timeless story about men in combat and the fragility of character in the savage crucible of warfare. But it is also a timely warning of new dangers emerging in the way American soldiers are led on the battlefields of the twenty-first century. From the Hardcover edition.

Generation Kill

Author : Evan Wright
ISBN : 1101207612
Genre : History
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Based on Evan Wright's National Magazine Award-winning story in Rolling Stone, this is the raw, firsthand account of the 2003 Iraq invasion that inspired the HBO® original mini-series. Within hours of 9/11, America’s war on terrorism fell to those like the twenty-three Marines of the First Recon Battalion, the first generation dispatched into open-ended combat since Vietnam. They were a new pop-culture breed of American warrior unrecognizable to their forebears—soldiers raised on hip hop, video games and The Real World. Cocky, brave, headstrong, wary and mostly unprepared for the physical, emotional and moral horrors ahead, the “First Suicide Battalion” would spearhead the blitzkrieg on Iraq, and fight against the hardest resistance Saddam had to offer. Hailed as “one of the best books to come out of the Iraq war”(Financial Times), Generation Kill is the funny, frightening, and profane firsthand account of these remarkable men, of the personal toll of victory, and of the randomness, brutality and camaraderie of a new American War.

O I S After The Trigger S Pulled

Author : Lt Jim Byler
ISBN : 1478771585
Genre : True Crime
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Police officer shootings dominate the headlines on an almost daily basis. Go beyond the superficial reporting, and find out what really happens when an officer makes the ultimate decision to use deadly force. After The Trigger's Pulled tells the story of one law enforcement family, a father and his two sons, who stunningly have found themselves in life and death situations. In order to survive a deadly encounter, each one had to point their guns at another human being and pull the trigger. And it was never easy, or something they ever wanted to do. Joseph Wambaugh has said that police work is the most emotionally dangerous work on earth. After The Trigger's Pulled is that rare book that pulls back the curtain and reveals the emotional toll taken by that work on a family of law enforcement professionals. Each true story is told in gripping, white-knuckle detail, and puts you directly in the shoes of a police officer faced with a split-second decision that will change his life forever. Jim's Story "And then I heard it. The unmistakable sound of a shotgun being racked. And then another one. I was hit with near-blinding light from police flashlights, but was still able to make out the silhouettes of officers taking cover behind their patrol car doors... All weapons pointed directly at me..." Brandon's Story "Brandon stood over him, holding the shotgun in his left hand and his now empty handgun in his right. He stood there in stunned disbelief at how a routine call had escalated into a violent confrontation in a matter of seconds. The stench emanating from the house, mixed with the smell of gunpowder and blood, was almost overwhelming." Brett's Story "Brett desperately wanted to stay with Jeff, but the danger still presented by Bogard was paramount. As Brett rushed towards the suspended vehicle, the door suddenly opened. Bogard climbed out and dropped to the ground. He stood and faced Brett like a raging bull. If the bull charged, Brett was prepared to shoot again..." What's it like to confront a vicious street criminal, who attacks without remorse or conscience? To come face-to-face with a shotgun-wielding domestic violence suspect? Or to see your beat partner crushed and bleeding at your feet, as you confront a deranged suspect hell-bent on destruction? Both riveting and inspiring, this book will be a revelation, especially for those who are in a position to shape public debate and affect change. Open your hearts and minds, and take the emotional journey with one law enforcement family dedicated to serving their communities. And along the way, find out what really happens before, during and after the trigger is pulled.

One Cops Journey

Author : A. Boudreau
ISBN : 0692760946
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Detroit was once known as Murder City. Although it still has its share of violence and crime, the Detroit of the 1970's was a war zone, with more than seven hundred homicides a year. In Murder City, police officers had to act more like the lawmen of the Old West. They had to be constantly ready for things to go south, quickly. Author and former Detroit Police Department officer A. W. Boudreau was in the thick of the violence. He survived, but not all of his coworkers were so lucky. Four times as many cops died in seventies-era Detroit as do today. After completing extensive police academy training, Boudreau graduated and joined the Seventh Precinct of the Detroit Police Department in 1970. The reminders that his job was a dangerous one were all around him. The widow of a fellow officer killed in action attended the graduation ceremony, leaving Boudreau with a haunting memory of her sorrow. He devoted his career to making the streets safer for the innocent victims of violence. Boudreau's memoir will give you a new perspective on the difficulties big-city cops face every day on the job.

Shots Fired

Author : Chuck Rylant
ISBN : 0983963746
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Anti-police media propaganda has created a perception of police shootings that is very different than reality. Most civilians have never been in a life or death fight, so they are left with Hollywood and media fiction to educate them about law enforcement altercations. The psychology behind officer involved shootings is missing from the public narrative. What occurs in the officer¿s head, before, during, and after the shooting is the story that is rarely told.In twelve exciting, real-life accounts, you will discover that police shootings are extremely complicated and the consequences are far greater than most can ever imagine.This book shares the story that officers do not get to tell and it will prepare those who have not yet been forced to pull the trigger.

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