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
Radley Balko traces the arc of American law enforcement from the
constables of colonial times to present day SWAT teams and special
response units. With the martial rhetoric 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. Is modern law enforcement on a
collision course with our Bill of Rights? Join us for wide-ranging
discussion of paramilitary police tactics in America.