SWAT Madness and the Militarization of the American Police

Author: A. James Fisher
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313391912
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With the immediacy of a daily newspaper, this book reveals how the irresponsible use of SWAT teams, shock-and-awe policing, and the increasing militarization of American law enforcement is changing the face of "the land of the free." * Provides 30 case studies documenting inappropriate SWAT team deployment

Police Militarization

Author: Scott W. Phillips
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0429954859
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The increased militarization of the police in the United States has been a topic of controversy for decades, brought to the public eye in notable events such as the Los Angeles Police Department’s use of battering rams in the 1980s and the siege of the Weaver family at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, in the 1990s, among others. The issue of police militarism has been back at the forefront of criminal justice policy discussions in the wake of the militaristic police response to the protests that took place after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014. This book examines the issue of militarization in a post-Ferguson environment from the perspective of those inside policing. Drawing from a variety of data—including historical analysis of newspaper articles to examine the use of firearms in policing; original data from police respondents attending the FBI’s National Academy in Quantico, Virginia; interviews with police chiefs and tactical officers regarding their direct experiences; and a sample of National Academy attendees reporting on the deployment of patrol rifles in policing—this work provides a nuanced look at police militarization that will inform future conceptual discussions and empirical research into the phenomenon. Considerations identified for police policy-makers include politics, media, leadership, and marketing. These themes are explored in detail, suggesting multiple dimensions, both theoretical and empirical, to better understand policing and policy, making this book an excellent resource for students, scholars, and professionals in law enforcement, political science, and public administration.

Emergency as Security

Author: Maximilian Forte
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 0986802123
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Papers based on a seminar held at Concordia University in 2013.

The Morality of Drone Warfare and the Politics of Regulation

Author: Marcus Schulzke
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137533803
Format: PDF, ePub
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This book discusses the moral and legal issues relating to military drones, focusing on how these machines should be judged according to the principles of just war theory. The author analyses existing drones, like the Predator and Reaper, but also evaluates the many types of drones in development. The book presents drones as not only morally justifiable but having the potential to improve compliance with the principles of just war and international law. Realizing this potential would depend on developing a sound regulatory framework, which the book helps to develop by considering what steps governments and military forces should take to promote ethical drone use. It also critically evaluates the arguments against drones to show which should be abandoned and which raise valid concerns that can inform regulations.

Fall Guys

Author: Jim Fisher
Publisher: SIU Press
ISBN: 9780809320691
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In a story featured on national television programs, a former FBI agent recounts how he uncovered the framing of two boys in a pair of unrelated murders committed in 1956 and 1958 in Pennsylvania, leading to the reopening of their cases. UP.

Lockdown America

Author: Christian Parenti
Publisher: Verso
ISBN: 9781859843031
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A documented look at the criminal justice system in America, "Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis" gives a detailed, critical account of the realities of the prison system.

Police Psychology

Author: David J. Thomas
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313387281
Format: PDF, ePub
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Go behind the scenes of police work with this unique book that opens the door to the psychological side of policing. * Case studies that illustrate the impact of psychology on issues such as race, perception, and decision-making * Case studies of officers who have experienced traumatic events, showing how the incidents impacted their personal lives * Samples of a victimology checklist, a crime scene behavior checklist, and an offender characteristic checklist

The Police in a Free Society

Author: Todd Douglas
Publisher: Greenwood
ISBN: 9781440852909
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An unprecedented look at the evolution of American police from filling their intended role as peacekeepers and guardians of citizen rights to calling themselves—and acting primarily as—"law enforcement officers." * Reveals realities and myths about the police in America, their role in our society, and what can—and can't—be done to improve relations and public confidence in our police * Provides an unbiased examination that presents BOTH sides of the issues and represents the perspectives and responsibilities of the police alongside those of the citizens they serve * Enables readers to see the evolution of police over time and grasp the various positions in the debate about the proper role of police in modern society * Presents solutions to the widespread problem of eroding respect for police agencies, discussing the issue in the broader context of how government and culture play key roles in ensuring that police agencies are competent and trustworthy

Rise of the Warrior Cop

Author: Radley Balko
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 1610392124
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The last days of colonialism taught America's revolutionaries that soldiers in the streets bring conflict and tyranny. As a result, our country has generally worked to keep the military out of law enforcement. But according to investigative reporter Radley Balko, over the last several decades, America's cops have increasingly come to resemble ground troops. The consequences have been dire: the home is no longer a place of sanctuary, the Fourth Amendment has been gutted, and police today have been conditioned to see the citizens they serve as an other—an enemy. Today's armored-up policemen are a far cry from the constables of early America. The unrest of the 1960s brought about the invention of the SWAT unit—which in turn led to the debut of military tactics in the ranks of police officers. Nixon's War on Drugs, Reagan's War on Poverty, Clinton's COPS program, the post–9/11 security state under Bush and Obama: by degrees, each of these innovations expanded and empowered police forces, always at the expense of civil liberties. And these are just four among a slew of reckless programs. In Rise of the Warrior Cop, Balko shows how politicians' ill-considered policies and relentless declarations of war against vague enemies like crime, drugs, and terror have blurred the distinction between cop and soldier. His fascinating, frightening narrative shows how over a generation, a creeping battlefield mentality has isolated and alienated American police officers and put them on a collision course with the values of a free society.

The Mind of a Murderer Privileged Access to the Demons that Drive Extreme Violence

Author: Katherine Ramsland
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313386730
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This unique history of the last 100 years of criminal psychology shares insights about infamous murderers from the psychiatrists and other trained psychological professionals who analyzed and treated them. • 18 primary case histories, with comparisons to several other cases for comparison • Chronological arrangement of cases, showcasing a century in the development of forensic psychology