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I'll read just about anything that might be interesting and love to learn about new things.

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

Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces - Radley Balko Intellectually stimulating, frustrating, and infuriating at times. Balko begins with the caveat that his book is not anti-cop, and I believe that throughout. Much of the blame for the militarization of the police state is placed on politicians, lobbyists, and police union leaders. Politicians see gain from being tough on crime while they feel little pain over the injustices and violences inflicted on innocent victims of police aggression. The historical timeline is fascinating because it sharply demonstrates the perceived value of a domestic military being used against political minorities. The revolution was based in part on England's use of the military to police its citizens. This was seen as a way to silence political dissent and ensure that the laws were complied with, while stripping away even the semblance of rights. By the 1960s, the government found great use in unleashing paramilitary troops against non-violent counter culture figures. By the 2000s, the government had even learned the value of brutalizing non-violent protesters to dissuade them from exercising their first amendment rights. The current paramilitary campaigns are less a result of bad cops and more related to a power structure that views its own citizens as obstacles to be overcome, rather than constituents to serve.