Rather than an aberration enacted by "bad apples," police misconduct is a
function of law enforcement's emphasis on repressive values and
unenlightened tactics, argues Kristian Robert Williams. Firmly rooted in
history and current practice, Our Enemies in Blue offers a clear-eyed
account of law enforcement practices, including how police target
certain groups and work to preserve power imbalances within society.
Efforts to grow the prison industry are revealed along with a surprising
account of modern police forces - many of which evolved from protection
rackets and slave patrols. As a growing number of United States
citizens encounter the criminal justice system, this resource provides
useful historical perspective and real-life strategies for opposing
abuses of power.
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