Our good friend Radley Balko is in town. You know him from his work at the Cato Institute and Reason Magazine. These days, he’s an investigative reporter for the The Huffington Post. You might remember he was one of our Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Party speakers. And this time, well, guns are still kinda the topic. The topic is police.
I’m not saying the cops in Denver have a bad reputation, but I have seen people get pulled over in this city. Drivers just get out of their cars and throw themselves on their car hoods.
Radley is perhaps the country’s greatest authority on the militarization of civil police. Balko’s work on paramilitary raids and the overuse of SWAT teams was featured in The New York Times, has been praised by outlets ranging from Human Events to the Daily Kos, and was cited by Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer’s dissent in the case Hudson v. Michigan. Balko is also credited with bringing national attention to the case of Cory Maye, a black man who prior to Balko’s work was on death row in Mississippi for shooting and killing a white police officer during a raid on Maye’s home.
Please come hear about his new book Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces, this Thursday, October 17th from 5:30 to 7pm at the Independence Institute offices. Beer & appetizers are on me. RSVP for FREE online here or contact Mary MacFarlane at 303-279-6536 X102 or Mary@i2i.org if you have questions.