Radley Balko responds to criticism

Radley Balko responds to criticism of his new book, Rise of the Warrior Cop.
One of the central themes of my book is that that too many cops today have been conditioned to see the people they serve not as citizens with rights, but as an enemy. My argument is that this battlefield mindset is the product of a generation of politicians telling police that they're at war with things -- drugs, terrorism, crime, etc. -- and have then equipped them with the uniforms, tactics, weapons, and other accoutrements of war.

He picks out one response, in particular, that demonstrates exactly the problem he's trying to address. It's scary to realize that police -- not even SWAT teams, normal patrol officers -- are viewing their job as akin to operating in a war zone. That's not healthy for our Republic.

This entry was published Tue Aug 27 11:39:28 CDT 2013 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2013-08-27 11:39:28.0. [Tweet]

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