Our Enemies in Blue
About the book:
More than just a chronology of the history of police brutality in the United States, Our Enemies in Blue is a scholarly work that studies the reality of sanctioned violence against certain segments of society and the ways in which police use brutality to preserve existing structures of inequality. The simplistic myth of police officer as hero is prevalent in our society, and often obscures the facts, and silences those who would question police actions. The author believes the American public deserves a well-researched counter argument that confronts the realities of policing in modern society. Our Enemies in Blue examines the strong-arming, racial profiling, and other objectionable tactics used by the police on an everyday basis and provides an intelligent, in-depth critique of police brutality in all its forms.
"[A] well-researched, historically grounded and mordant critique of American policing past and present."
ŚChristian Parenti, PhD, is the author of "The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America from Slavery to the War on Terror," and "Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis"
"A powerful and persuasive historical and social corrective to a theme that doesn't get sufficient study or treatment: the origins and social/class functions of the police in modern capitalist state. Well conceived, well researched and well written, it truly deserves a wide and deep readership."