Archive for July 31st, 2013

by lizard

Radley Balko has a timely book titled Rise of the Warrior Cop: the Militarization of America’s Police Forces, percolating interest in curious directions.

Because I’ve been told sources matter, I must warn readers that the first link goes to I should also mention Radley is of Cato stock.

Luckily, there is a huffpost option and this Salon review, if that’s more your flavor.

I also like this post from A Lightning War for Liberty, which references the Salon article and highlights that the number of annual SWAT raids tops 50,000, up dramatically from its origins, which you can get quick overview of here.

None of this is to say good policing is not needed, or possible. But the trends of militarization are disturbing, and the concern, according to the sources, appear to transcend the R/D charade.

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