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FERGUSON, MO – In Wake of Clashes, Calls to Demilitarize Police

FERGUSON, MO – In Wake of Clashes, Calls to Demilitarize Police

Reading this morning’s paper (NYT) about the protest in Ferguson MO, I was relieved to read the news that the Missouri governor changed tactics by bringing in the state highway patrol.

If you are at all curious as to how we got to the point of declaring war on ourselves or how the lines have blurred between cop and soldier, Rise of the Warrior Cop is a must read.  Radley Balko’s book is a major part of the conversations surrounding the police shootings and protests in Ferguson, Missouri.  Journalists have dubbed the book “authoritative,” “seminal,” and “the best and most comprehensive account of the dangers of police militarization.”

The paperback edition of this authoritative book goes on sale August 26th.

Balko will be a guest on Pacifica’s Democracy Now! tomorrow morning (Friday 8/15).

A roundup of this week’s publicity is below—


  • Democracy Now, 8/15
  • MSNBC “All In with Chris Hayes” 8/12


  • KUER (Salt Lake NPR) rebroadcast of 2013 interview, 8/14
  • WTOP (Washington, DC news/talk) 8/13


  • Dallas Morning News, Sunday “Points” section opinion column, mention 8/17 print, 8/14 online



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