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  • Radley Balko

    The American approach to law enforcement was forged by theexperience of revolution. Emerging as they did from the shadow of British rule,the country's founders would likely have viewed police as they exist today asa standing army and therefore a threat to liberty. Even so, excessive forceand disregard for the Bill of Rights have become epidemic in America today.According to civil liberties reporter Radley Balko, these are all symptoms of ageneration-long shift to increasingly aggressive, militaristic, and arguablyunconstitutional policing-one that would have shocked the conscience ofAmerica's founders. Rise of the Warrior Cop traces the arc of US law enforcement from theconstables and...read more

  • Radley Balko

    A shocking and deeply reported account of the persistent plague of institutional racism and junk forensic science in our criminal justice system, and its devastating effect on innocent lives After two three-year-old girls were raped and murdered in rural Mississippi, law enforcement pursued and convicted two innocent men: Kennedy Brewer and Levon Brooks. Together they spent a combined thirty years in prison before finally being exonerated in 2008. Meanwhile, the real killer remained free. The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist recounts the story of how the criminal justice system allowed this to happen, and of how two men, Dr. Steven Hayne and Dr. Michael West, built successful careers...read more