Book Review: Rise of the Warrior Cop - The Militarization of America’s Police Forces

Book Review: Rise of the Warrior Cop - The Militarization of America’s Police Forces reviewed by Lucia Walinchus. Radley Balko lays out the reasons the police usually target peaceful citizens in Rise of the Warrior Cop, an incredibly well-researched tome. Importantly, he does a good job of not blaming the police force, but rather the failed policies that give officers incentives to target the least harmful suspects — police funding based on the number of arrests, solitary informants paid based on the number and not the quality of tips, and no repercussions for rights violations during raids. Balko weaves in numerous heartbreaking anecdotes of people hurt by police raids, for example by heart attack. Or they are shot after reaching for a legal weapon in their defense, despite reasonably believing in the 3 a.m. confusion that they are being robbed.