Guest: Radley Balko
In tomorrow's encore episode, we will replay Bob's October 2013 interview with Radley Balko, author of, *The Rise of the Warrior Cop*. Balko's prescient work on the militarization of the police has taken on new meaning in the wake of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri. A topic that was once the concern of only a handful of civil libertarians has become the subject of national debate. Who could have predicted this turn of events? Don't say we didn't warn you!
In 1878 the Posse Comitatus Act ended the use of the US Military to enforce state laws. Our founders uniformly abhorred any concept of a federal police force since “police power” was vested in the states. However, since the 1980s, the tactics of the local police have come to resemble those of the military. Armored personnel carriers, heavy duty attack weapons, tanks and military hardware are being used for ordinary police tasks such as the enforcement of warrants and simple arrests. The very appearance of our cops is identical to army troops. How did this happen, where is it going and what does it tell us about life in America? No one knows this better than Radley Balko, author of “The Rise of the Warrior Cop.” Radley explains how the mission of our local police has changed from our protectors to our adversaries. This show won’t make you happy but it will inform you.